Tma01 Part 2

Read the following passage from Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Discuss Marlowe’s use of language in this passage and how it contributes to the characterisation of Faustus.

I will discuss the use of language Marlowe uses in this passage and how it contributes to the characterisation of Faustus.  
Marlowe has an articulate way of writing by using blank verse. Blank verse is a form of poem with rhythm but no rhyme and an iambic pentameter; every line consists of five words   adding to a total of ten syllables. Before Marlowe, blank verse had not been accepted as a verse form for drama.
The use of blank verse during this passage really gives the reader an impression of how excited Faustus is to learn magic. It makes you read the lines between 80 and 100 with rhythm and enthusiasm;   it really perpetuates that Faustus is ecstatically coming up with a constant flow of ideas as to what he will do with magic. He is justifying the sin he is about to commit with the positivity of things he could do. Almost like making the list to weigh more pros than cons. The part of the passage I think best illustrates this is below:
‘I’ll have them fly to India for gold,
Ransack the ocean for orient pearl,
And search all corners of the new-found world
For pleasant fruits and princely delicates.’   (Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, Act 1, Scene 1, 1.1 84-87)
I think this passage gives the spectator a positive feeling . The evil angel had the last say before the angels left; so the positive points were fresh in the spectator’s mind as well as Faustus’s. This is proven by the soliloquy that followed. Faustus then begins to use very colourful and exotic words throughout leaving the spectator’s imagination and his own to run wild.   The above reference demonstrates this too.
One thing that sticks out to me in this passage is this segment:
‘How am I glutted with conceit of this!’ (Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, Act 1, Scene 1, 1.1 80-81)
This segment I think really helps the spectator understand...