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Act V, Scene 3
The next morning, the scholars are very concerned about the dreadful noises heard during the night. They find Faustus’ body torn to pieces. Out of consideration for his expertise as a scholar, and because of the respect and pity they feel for him, they decide to give Faustus a good Christian burial.
This scene, in which the scholars discover Faustus’ “mangled limbs,” is looked upon by critics as an anti-climax. An anti-climax, of course, is inevitable after the massive tension of the previous scene. The burial service, with its prayers for the soul, is essentially irrelevant.