Faustus was born to lowly parents in Rhodes. He studied hard in
Wittenberg and although he is a gifted student in divinity he is not
satisfied. He decides to study magic, black magic. He gets two of his
friends, Valdes and Cornelius, who practice magic to teach him.
Before his friends arrive a good angel and a bad angel visit Faustus.
Unaware of their presence Faustus is being urged on by the bad angel
and discouraged by the good angel. Valdes and Cornelius arrive and
begin to teach him the basics.
During the magic session Faustus conjures up the devil,
Mephistophilis. Faustus has blasphemed against God in his spells and
the devil offers to claim his soul. Faustus makes a deal with the
devil. He agrees to give his soul to Mephistophilis in 24 years in
exchange for the devil's service for that period.
Faustus has a successful career in black magic with the devil at his
side. However as his 24 year promise runs out he considers repenting –
but as a last request asks the devil bring him Helen of Troy to be his
Ultimately Faustus confesses the secrets of his deal to a group of
scholarly friends. He is advised by them to repent – but it is too
late. The devils come and take him away.