Irony in Doctor Faustus
Irony Examples in Doctor Faustus:
Scene 1 1
"tire thy brains to gain a deity...." See in text (Scene 1)
This statement is ironic. While Faustus believes that he will become a "deity" by practicing necromancy, in reality the only "deity" he will gain is the Devil.
Scene 3 1
"dedicate himself...." See in text (Scene 3)
Faustus's grand ideas of enacting whatever magic he wishes and commanding ultimate power in the world here devolves into dedicating himself to a higher power. Ironically, thought Faustus initially turns to black magic because he believes it will give him the most power, it takes away all of his power and makes him a servant to the devil.