Doctor Faustus the Aristotelian Hero

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Heroes envelop the idea of a noble person who fights for the rights of the “little” people. He or she commits a deed that goes above and beyond the call. This type of hero exists in the modern thought, but there also exists another hero, an Aristotelian Hero. This tragic hero starts out in the nobility of society, yet he just like any other man. This hero has but one fault and that fault, hamartia, …

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…he is too concerned with all that is worldly. Faustus is vain and he shows this when he receives all his powers. At the beginning Faustus is just a regular man, who went beyond all expectations to achieve his four degrees and his social standing. Faustus is almost an Aristotelian hero for he had most of the traits, yet he does not ask for forgiveness and therefore is not enlightened. This is his greatest mistake.