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Irony in Doctor Faustus
Irony Examples in Doctor Faustus:
"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.
"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.