Faust is a two-part tragic play about Faust's quest for ultimate truth and his dealings with the devil, Mephistopheles. Mephistopheles appears before a despairing Faust and they agree: if Mephistopheles can completely satisfy Faust, he agrees to die immediately. Mephistopheles helps Faust seduce Gretchen, who inadvertently kills her mother, whose brother dies in a duel with Faust and who is finally convicted of murder for drowning her illegitimate child. Part II of the play takes place in five isolated fantastical episodes and ends with Faust's redemption and ascent into heaven.
Doctor Faustus, a play by Christopher Marlowe, tells the tale of a supremely intelligent man who teaches himself necromancy and summons the devil to his chambers. It is there where he makes a deal with Lucifer, in which he will be given a devil named Mephistophilis as his personal servent, and given ultimate power on Earth. In exchange, he gives Lucifer his soul and is damned to Hell for all eternity.