Paper: An Analysis of Applying For the Psychoanalytical Approach to Dr. Faustus

All six of these Seven Deadly Sins show their strength and power, for they don't back down, except to Lucifer. They do what they want and say what they please, because they are the angels of Lucifer, the most evil angel of them all. In achieving their goals they are very aggressive and Lucifer provides them all the freedom they need in order capture new souls like Faustus. Through this aggressiveness these six sins show their tendency toward the id. On the other side of the seesaw, Sloth possesses no aggressiveness. He would rather sit and sleep than get up and do anything, whether it be talking, bathing or even eating. “Heigh-ho, I'll not speak a word more for a king's ransom." (Marlowe, II.ii.170) He is so lazy that the reader can even see Lucifer getting upset with him. This laziness perfectly depicts the superego. While all the other sins are aggressive, he would rather do nothing. Sitting back and doing nothing would be his way of life. Sloth's characteristics may not be as effective on Faustus, but Lucifer knows that there are other souls that will be convinced one day. At the end of the introduction of the Seven Deadly Sins one easily sees why Hell is in such a chaotic state. It lacks an ego, the balance between the id and the superego. This is the constant struggle in Hell; either there are very aggressive souls or souls that just sit there and do nothing. Both the id and the superego try to steal another soul from Heaven, and these sins fight constantly in order to win over a soul for their mighty Lucifer. Obviously, the more aggressive sins conquer souls that show that balance between the id and superego. Their assertive behavior allows the sins to break down the ego and sway it toward the id where it is much easier for Lucifer to convince them to sell their souls to Hell. The superego, Sloth, mainly persuades those lazy people who seek nothing from life. He goes out and shows that lazy people that the place for them is Hell....