What is the fate of Acteon in Dr Faustus?
The fate of Acteon and the knight relates to Marlowe’s interpretation of one’s fate when desiring something which is forbidden. Hence the allusion adds substance to the storyline.
Marlowe’s use of classical allusion, enhances the play visually with humour, adding mythical elements and intensifying the sinister aspect of the storyline. This reference to Acteon who enters a world which he was not meant to explore has a similar contrast to Faustus’s experiment with the unknown and the occult, implying the punishment is severe. His demise while a tragic conclusion to the play, portrays his reversal of fortune having to endure eternal damnation into hell, emphasizing the fall from grace. The allusions both mythical and supernatural reflect the era in which the play was written. However, the final implication is indicative that magicians and their feats of magic are merely aspects of entertainment. They are masters of illusion and not ma