This is a 104 page lesson plan for Doctor Faustus written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus tells the tale of the most famous deal with the devil in literature. Main character Doctor Faustus, a man with excessive ambition and a thirst for knowledge, sells his soul to the devil to gain insight into the universe and power over the world. For his pride and ambition, he is damned for all eternity. The story parallels the biblical Lucifer’s fall from grace and Adam and Eve’s quest for knowledge. In Marlowe’s play, which is based on a German version of the story, Faustus’s conflicts develop in the context of Marlowe’s 16th-century society when Renaissance thought challenged medieval philosophies and religious tenets. The legend of Faustus’s pact with Lucifer is so well known that the adjective “Faustian” has become a part of our common lexicon, referring to gaining something at the price of integrity and without regard for future cost or consequences."