Chorus four

Synopsis of chorus 4

Wagner reveals that Faustus has been behaving as if he is about to die and has given all his belongings to Wagner. He is puzzled that Faustus is drinking and eating with his friends as if nothing were wrong.

Commentary on chorus 4

I think my master means to die shortly The references to death and Faustus' impending fate intensify as the conclusion of the play approaches.

belly-cheer Gluttony.


  • Compare the various speeches that the Chorus gives in the play
    • In what ways does the Chorus introduce the scenes following each speech?
    • How does his attitude towards Faustus change as the play goes on?
  • What is the effect of knowing that the fourth Chorus speech is spoken by Wagner?
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