I need to write a 5 page character analysis on Doctor Faustus. My idea is that Faustus is an "everyman" who gets caught in something beyond himself but is unwilling to heed warning signs of destruction. I need to develop this line of thinking. Any comments or suggestions?
Your idea certainly has potential! Faustus, however, is also a brilliant scholar with great ambitions, so not "average." Yet, it is his human weaknesses that are his undoing, showing that he is flawed, as is everyone -- thus, his "everyman" character. Five pages is going to be a pretty deep analysis. If your instructor has not specifically prohibited it, you might want to review some of the character analyses done by some of the many scholars who have written on the topic, to expand on your ideas.
Best of luck in your studies!
I agree with your comment about Faustus being brilliant but weak. In the assignment I am supposed to answer this question: "In what ways are Faustus and the professor in Oleanna
Oleanna is a movie by David Mamet. I hope you are familar with it.
No, I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that movie. I did Google it, however, and found quite a bit of information. You might want to try that, to help you get started.
I also find, when I am needing to compare one thing to another, that making a list--of the attributes, actions, characteristics, and so forth--of both, before I begin writing, can provide insight.
Best of luck!