Doctor Faust as the prototype of the Renaissance Man

The role of Science in the modern world and the aspiration of the modern
scientists
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Renaissance. What is this, importance of knowledge
Dr Faust, why he is a renaissance man
Importance of knowledge nowadays
Aspiration of the modern scientists
Conclusion

educated. law. He mastered in divinity. power and position in life. Faustus. And necromantic books are heavenly. Of power. of honour. of omnipotence” which he expects to enjoy as a magician: “What will be. Both law and physic are for petty wits. Faustus reviews the traditional subjects of study. be a divine in show. importance of knowledge Knowledge plays an important role in all spheres of human life and activity. Now Religion is not as important and knowledge has made him ruler over nature. shall be? Divinity. Philosophy. Divinity is basest of the three.Renaissance. This modern term was first found in the written word in the early 1900s. skillful artist. What is this. law. With its attainment the “new human” became civilized. harsh. and begin To sound the depth of that thou wilt profess: Having commenc’d. and with eagerness he contemplates the “world of profit and delight. Dr Faust. In the first scene. The protagonist of Marlowe's drama. contemptible. Unpleasant. He has become a great scientist. The “rebirth” of interest for knowledge that was neglected for centuries reappeared in Renaissance. medicine. to which he has devoted himself so far. why he is a renaissance man According to the dictionaries. and the concept is based on the great thinkers of the 1300s and 1400s who were masters of a vast number of fields of knowledge. And live and die in Aristotle’s works” He also tells in his monologue that “thou hast attain’d that end” and “Philosophy is odious and obscure. a mighty creator of things and a noble path finder of life. is similarly proficient in every field of academic knowledge open at his time. economy. And now he reflects about what should he attend next: “Settle thy studies. and mathematics. or proficient in a wide range of fields. Renaissance man is a cultured man of the Renaissance who was knowledgeable. Yet level at the end of every art. Nothing remains unknown to him. It is a powerful factor which helps man to attain success. and divinity have come to seem mean and constricting to him. Doctor Faustus. adieu! These metaphysics of magicians. and vile” With impatient scorn he sweeps them aside. .

paying heed to nobody. Importance of knowledge nowadays Someone once remarked that while ignorance was the curse of God. tire thy brains to gain a deity. and characters. would I had never seen Wittenberg. are presented both the good and the bad parts of enquiry. these are those that Faustus most desires. the spirit of enquiry. and his nationalism. scenes. his worship of beauty. Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter” Doctor Faustus represents the main characteristic of Renaissance spirit. as well as to the longing for power which he has already voiced. Another proof that Faustus is a Renaissance man is manifested in his love toward Helen's Classical beauty. Ay. letters. circles. Faustus wants to prove that he can become greater than he presently is. Faustus very nearly "had it all" but wouldn't have deserved it and threw it all away. He is a superior scholar.” These show his ardent curiosity. In the play. his passion for classic. From the descriptions above. his admiration for super-human ambition and all the other interests prove Dr. and in the end he offers to burn his book. thou (Helen) art fairer than the evening air Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars. knowledge was the important power of wings which carried one to heaven. Such qualities mark him unmistakably as a man of the Renaissance. prefers to take decisions self-willingly. Faustus. He says.Lines. his interest in magic. his desire for luxury and wealth. never read book!”.” Faustus seems a Renaissance figure in his infinite appetites and the things he wants and also in his willingness to rid his world of everything that stands in the way of his own illusory enjoyment. “A sound magician is a mighty god: Here. A famous Sanskrit verse . led by his own will. Faustus chooses knowledge and self over God. He embodies the philosophies of Renaissance humanists. it is clear that Doctor Faustus does indeed fit both the concept of a man of learning living during the 14th and 15th centuries as well as fit the modern construct of the Renaissance man. "O. But he rebels against the limitations and understood that knowledge is the only solution to come out of it. who prized individualism and scientific achievements. Faustus's inexhaustible thirst for knowledge. His aspiration for Knowledge made him lose his sole after making a contract for knowledge and power. here the knowledge of magic helps him. “O. Faustus to be a Renaissance man.

says that an educated person is honored everywhere. the power of knowledge is being used by many more and more for destructive purposes. The power of knowledge lends him such distinction. more productive lives. access to information had increased dramatically over the last couple of decades. The scientists want their research to be used to help people lead healthier. But the power that comes from knowledge should be used for the progress of mankind and not be misused. Knowledge will promote our zest for life only. The importance of a knowledgeable person in our modern society is immense. Internet and so many other medium of communication including a flood of printed books. and it seems that people are almost "experts" in everything. as scientific research has become more specialized and the nature of research problems have become more complex. however. But more than that. People have cheaper and better access to information about the whole world by way of TV. the power that is enforced at gun-point is a liability and not an asset. Let us hope that all human being will understand the power and importance of knowledge in life. The fact is that internet provides an illusion of knowledge. Unfortunately in today’s world of strife and unending warfare. Knowledge plays an important role in life. so it makes sense for people to be more knowledgeable about more topics than ever before. requiring increasingly sophisticated approaches. Unfortunately. The biggest part the information is superficial. a scat of authority. Where-ever he goes he is offered a place of reverence. But the practice of science over the last century has witnessed a significant shift from the individual to the group. Those who have knowledge are capable of commanding others and ruling the world. science is how we can satisfy our curiosity The scientist is an individual of great intellect. Thanks to the Internet. In modern society exists a problem connected with knowledge. Aspiration of the modern scientists Through science we start to understand the role of everything in the world. . They truly realize that humanity comes with knowledge even as power flows from it. and he commands the hearing of everyone present. This is undesirable. grappling heroically with nature’s secrets and looking for the moment that will transform our understanding of the universe.