Aspirations Analytical Essay by someguy

This paper analyzes three of Marlowe's most famous plays, "Dr. Faustus", "Tamburlaine", and "Dido, the Queen of Carthage".
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It is an accepted human weakness that we are not happy with the things we possess. There is a constant desire to achieve and obtain more. This paper shows how Marlowe, in his "Complete Plays", stresses this very issue by presenting three separate characters in three separate plays, all with the same tragic flaw. Each character, namely, Dido, Tamburlaine, and Dr. Faustus, exhibit a desire for the unattainable, and the plays depict their struggle and inevitable failure to obtain the impossible. In using his characters and demonstrating their flaws, Marlowe is providing a social commentary on the culture of that time.

From the Paper:

"In Dido's case the unattainable is Aeneas. Her desire to love Aeneus and have him reciprocate this love is so great she would abdicate her throne declaring, "now bring him back, and thou shalt be a queen. And I will live a private life with him"(Dido, Act. V sc. i line:197-98). Yet sadly the forces of destiny and fate overpower Dido and her strong love for Aeneas. While the two may share in their affection for each other, the fate of Aeneas is not to marry Dido, but rather to found the city of Rome an ocean away. Yet Dido pleads with Aeneas and in some ways fate to remain in Carthage. The importance of Aeneas to the future of Rome, his destiny, takes precedence over his relationship with Dido. Dido, nonetheless, does nothing but counter what is already destined to transpire. In fighting for Aeneas Dido is fighting against an immutable destiny, a fight that culminates with her suicide. Yet with her dying words she invokes the very fate that destroyed her decreeing, "and from mine ashes let a conqueror rise, that may revenge this treason to a queen by ploughing up his countries with the sword"(Dido, Act.V sc.i line:306-08)."

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