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Detailed insight into the notion of appropriation analysed through Dr Faustus, picture of Dorian Gray and the Devil Wears Prada

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The notion of appropriation involves the renewal of one certain text into a separate and vastly varied context. It is predominantly concerned with evolution and an imitation of a classical work in which the relationship between themes and social affairs of the time are adapted to suite a separate audience. Through Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’ and its varied appropriations, we gain an insight into the contextual and cultural differences of three vastly varied societies. Oscar Wilde’s ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’ explores late nineteenth to early twentieth century Edwardian England whilst David Frankel’s ‘Devil Wears ...

... and philosophy. Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’ actively reflects upon the religious beliefs and tensions of the Renaissance. Through the creation of the ‘Faustian Bargain’, Marlowe enables himself to depict weakness’ in his characters corresponding to weakness’ he perceives in humanity in general. Additionally, further appropriations of Wilde’s ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’ and Frankel’s “the Devil Wears Prada’, reflect on the author or directors perspectives of their own society. Corresponding to concepts raised by Marlowe, through the evolution and imitation of a classical work, the evolution of values in society becomes evident, as the weaknesses of social figures develop to exploit them in their respective contexts.
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