Betham The story of Doctor Faustus is a familiar myth, in which the main character sells his soul , makes a deal with the devil, for something he speciously holds more valuable. There are many versions of this story in our culture, and it would take quite a time to make note of them all. Most people will have seen or heard one of the various stories in the for of a book, play, movie, or television show. The original story of Doctor Faustus, as created by Christopher Marlow, was prevalent to society at the time because it spoke to people’s growing dizzy awareness of their possibilities and capabilities at this time. By that explanation it seems that the classic Marlow play, Doctor Faustus, would also be a hit because in the countries of the world there are many a growing multicultural society, for whom there are continually growing possibilities and capabilities. This is also a similar state of affairs for how one might perceive the women’s movement, as women are gaining more equality inside and outside o f the workplace.
Also, for society as a whole, one is being exposed to the ever growing world of computers and the world wide web. The largest and most significant change I would make in an attempt to adapt Doctor Faustus so that it would be more engineered towards to today’s audience is that I would make Doctor Faustus a Dr. Faustesse. I would make an attempt to portray the main character Faustus, as a women, Faustesse, in an attempt to update the concerns for which the play represents. By having a female character fall to the devil to gain power over society it symbolizes and signifies the constant struggle of women, even in today’s society, to get past the very patriarchal dominated social structures and institutions and inequalities.
That Dr. Faustesse is an educated women also represents the good of the changing such that it is a normal state of affairs for a female to have gone through an immense amount of schooling , which used to me more common for only males, and that she as a female has a variety of opportunities open to her, even though none satisfy Faustesse, and that is the reason she makes a pact with the devil in first place. In order to complete the adaptation of the play to today’s standards, keeping in mind the main character is a female, and in an attempt to involve the audience in what is going on both metatheatrically and thematically in the play, there a few scenes in particular which I would highlight to get some newly made effects and concepts of the story across more effectively. One scene I would highlight is act 1, scene 3. This is the scene where Faustesse sets out the terms of her pact with the devil.
I would highlight this part for a number of reasons. First off, Faustesse jumps when she first sees Mephostophilis. I feel this is a very important aspect of the play because in one moment it shows a theme which is as prevalent at the end of the play as much as it is at the beginning. When Faustesse jumps at the sight of the Devil and orders him back in a different shape it shows that maybe she is not necessarily ready to take on the Devil to get what she wants, and that Hell and other such things in the same league are not really what Faustesse is looking for to solve her problems, and that such experiences are not really suited to her, and this is seen at the end, as Faustesse’s time draws to and end and she tries to look towards God to help. Another reason I would highlight this part of the play is because this scene where Faustesse decides that she is going to bargain with the devil and sell her soul for power, where she bargains the contract under which she will sell her soul is the basis of the play itself, and sets the stage for the rest of the play. Since Faustesse is a female, it expresses the limit to which Faustesse is willing to go to so that she may no longer be oppressed, as a women and a scholar, in a still very patriarchal society.
This one scene shows the extent too which she will go to gain power in society and can be looked upon as a generalization to the whole female population as needing to continue to move forward and hold power in society. However, as we see throughout the play, Dr. Faustesse does not use the power in the numerous productive ways for which it could have been used. In the case of either a male of female Faustus, there is the opportunity to do great things with the power acquired. With a female Faustesse, she has the power to attain a new level of female achievement, and change societal views of women inevitably, yet instead of doing this, or something similarly productive or worthwhile , Faustesse wastes her time playing tricks.
Since the whole basis of this concept, and the power which Faustesse hold originates in the scene where Faustesse first bargains her soul, Act 1 Scene3, I would make it a point to bring out this opening event. Another scene I plan to focus on is when Lucifer calls up the seven deadly sins. I would like to place emphasis on this scene not so much to emphasize any thematic significance it may contain relative to the plot, but rather to use it as a scene of artistic expression, especially costumewise, in which I will reconnect with the audience of the play through the costumes and characters presented as the several deadly sins, and this I believe will help to lessen the drastic differences between this play when it was written, and the modern play which will be being performed. In the scene where Lucifer is introducing the seven deadly sins I plan to have very unique costuming for each of the scenes. In an attempt to familiarize the audience with the seven deadly sins I will have each of the sins look like a former Hollywood star. The star for each sin will be someone who the audience recognizes, and whom the audience would have attributed the traits which the sin implies, to that Hollywood persona. For example lechery (lust) would be represented by a character dressed as Marilyn Monroe, where as gluttony may be represented as Brian Wilson (member of the Beach Boys who stayed in bed for an extended period of time), and gluttony would be represented by a character looking like some actor such as John Candy or Chris Farley, who are known not only for their extra large size, but also for their indulgent behaviors.
Other characters in the play will be dressed in a modern styles, particularly Dr. Faustesse and Mephistopholis. Dr. Faustesse w …