Faustus is a scholar at the University of Wittenberg when he earns his doctorate degree. His insatiable appetite for knowledge and power leads him to employ necromancy to conjure Mephistopheles out of hell. He bargains away his soul to Lucifer in exchange for living 24 years during which Mephistopheles will be his slave. Faustus signs the pact in his own blood and Mephistopheles reveals the works of the devil to Faustus. Written by
The story of a scientist who sells his soul to the devil
Did You Know?
According to Renata Adler
in The New York Times, actress Elizabeth Taylor
"plays almost all the female parts, from Faustus's devil wife through Helen of Troy and Alexander's Paramour". See more
When Faustus anoints his head with blood there is one mark on his forehead, but when he is conjuring Mephistophilis, there are two blood marks. See more
[Mephistopheles has come to Faustus' study
Where are you damned?
How comes it, then, that thou art out of hell?
Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. / Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of God / And tasted the eternal joys of heaven, / Am not tormented with ten thousand hells / In being deprived of everlasting bliss?
Version of Faust