Johann Faust is the symbol of the relentless pursuit of knowledge; he was a wandering German conjurer, depicted in several different lights within different works of literature. In Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, Faust has mastered all known sciences and decides to master the super natural; he conjures Mephistopheles, his doppelganger. In this work, he was simply a man who made a pact with the devil. This legend is an example of the popular distrust of scholars who knew of foreign subjects; to the "common man", the only manner in which this could be accomplished was through association with the devil himself.

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