Another difference between texts A and B is the name of the devil summoned by Faustus.
Text A states the name is generally "Mephistopheles", The relationship between the texts is uncertain and many modern editions print both.
During this opening, the reader also gets a first clue to the source of Faustus's downfall.
Faustus's tale is likened to that of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and fell to his death when the sun melted his waxen wings.
Subsequent commentators have identified this individual as the prototypical Faustus of the legend.
He also emphasised Faustus' intellectual aspirations and curiosity, and minimised the vices in the character, to lend a Renaissance aura to the story.
Doctor Faustus Chorus Wagner Good Angel Bad Angel Valdes Cornelius Three scholars Lucifer Mephistophilis Robin Beelzebub Seven Deadly Sins Pope Adrian VI Raymond, King of Hungary Bruno Two Cardinals Archbishop of Rheims Friars Vintner Martino Frederick Benvolio Charles V Duke of Saxony Two soldiers Horse courser Carter Hostess of a tavern Duke and Duchess of Vanholt Servant Old man The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust.
It was written sometime between 15, and might have been performed between 1592 and Marlowe's death in 1593.
Bushnell transferred his rights to the play to John Wright on 13 September 1610.
the 1604 version came to be regarded as an abbreviation and the 1616 version as Marlowe's original fuller version.