Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlowe
1.Speak, Faustus, do you deliver this as your deed?
2. Ay, take it, and the devil give thee good of it!
3. So, now, Faustus, ask me what thou wilt.
4. First I will question with thee about hell.
5. Tell me, where is the place that men call hell?
6. Under the heavens.
7. Ay, so are all things else; but whereabouts?
8. Within the bowels of these elements,
9. Where we are tortured and remain for ever:
10. Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed (120)
11. In one self-place; but where we are is hell,
12. And where hell is, there must we ever be:
13. And, to be short, when all the world dissolves,
14. And every creature shall be purified,
15. All places shall be hell that are not heaven.
16. I think hell’s a fable.
17. Ay, think so still, till experience change thy mind.
18. Why, dost thou think that Faustus shall be damned?
19. Ay, of necessity, for here’s the scroll
20. In which thou hast given thy soul to Lucifer.
21. Ay, and body too; and what of that?
22. Think’st thou that Faustus is so fond to imagine
23. That, after this life, there is any pain?
24. No, these are trifles and mere old wives’ tales.
25. But I am an instance to prove the contrary,
26. For I tell thee I am damned and now in hell.
27. Nay, an this be hell, I’ll willingly be damned:
28. What! sleeping, eating, walking, and disputing!
29. But, leaving this, let me have a wife,
30. The fairest maid in Germany;
31. For I am wanton and lascivious,
32. And cannot live without a wife.
33. Well, Faustus, thou shalt have a wife.
What is the best theme statement that can be inferred from the dialogue presented between these two characters?