Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Doctor Faustus - Summaries


Faustus attends the court of the Duke and Duchess of Vanholt. He demonstrates his powers over time and space by bringing a dish of grapes for the pregnant duchess, even though it is winter.

Faustus has a feast at the end of his twenty-four years. He conjures Helen of Troy to please his guests. An Old Man prevents Faustus from killing himself but Faustus casts away his soul by kissing the succubus of Helen.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Doctor Faustus - Scene Summaries

Act 2.2

Robin steals one of Faustus’s conjuring books and promises to make himself and Rafe rich.

Act 2.3
Faustus prevaricates over whether he should repent or not. Mephistopheles distracts him by providing a pageant featuring the seven deadly sins.

Act 3.1

Faustus and Mephistopheles arrive in Rome. The doctor is reluctant to stay but Mephistopheles persuades him and they spend their time ridiculing the Pope and his friars.

Act 3.2
Rafe and Robin steal a cup from the Vintner; they conjure Mephistopheles, who is so annoyed at their impudence that he turns them into a dog and an ape.

Act 4.1
Faustus conjures Alexander the great and his paramour for Emperor Charles V. After being insulted by a knight, Faustus puts horns on him. On leaving the city, Faustus and Mephistopheles meet a horse-courser and trick him into buying a horse made of hay.

Classical Studies: Essays

GC: “Women in ancient Rome had no control over their private and public lives.” To what extent do you agree with this statement? Can the same be said of women today?
Medi: “Living in ancient Athens was preferable to living in ancient Rome.” Do you agree?

To be completed by Monday 6th October.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Doctor Faustus - Summary

Act 2.1

Faustus signs his contract with Mephistopheles, written in his own blood. He ignores various warnings that he should turn away. Finally, Mephistopheles gives him a book of spells which allow him to fulfil all his dreams.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Doctor Faustus - Summaries

Act 1.2

Cornelius and Valdes assist Faustus in his conjuring. The university have noticed Faustus is no longer attending.

Act 1.3
Faustus conjures Mephistopheles and commands him to arrange a pact with Lucifer.

Act 1.4
Faustus’s servant, Wagner, agrees a pact with the idiot, Robin. This mirrors the pact of Faustus and Mephistopheles.


Tens - Oscar-winning films of the 80s

1980 Ordinary People
1981 Chariots of Fire
1982 Gandhi
1983 Terms of Endearment
1984 Amadeus
1985 Out of Africa
1986 Platoon
1987 The Last Emperor
1988 Rain Man
1989 Driving Miss Daisy