One of the fundamental issues in Marlowe's work comes down to whether or not the risk is worth the reward

. Is the risk of eternal damnation worth the price of Fautus' gaining of earthly power and knowledge? I think that this is one of the fundamental elements to arise out of the play. The idea that Faustus acts without a moral structure or order does have modern relevance. We are inundated with examples of individuals who have engaged in financial misdeeds, political abuses of power, and unethical and illegal conduct out of a pure desire for personal gain. Is this worth it? Is the risk worth the reward? Faustus addresses this and we see this in the modern setting. The other element of the play that echoes quite clearly in the modern setting is the lack of accountability that Faustus displays. Faustus is in a situation where only the ability to repent and truly accept responsibility for what happened is the only way out. We see examples of professionals and public figures who similarly are in situations where "coming clean" is the only way out for them, yet, like Faustus, they balk at this or try to find another way. In the end, these rationalizations are means to preclude the power of the individual. This is ironic seeing that Faustus entered into his arrangement precisely to gain more power. In the end, the alleviation of this predicament only resides with the individual power, which is more of a spiritual power and something that is lacked despite s desire to gain more control.