“Why has this theme (selling your soul to the devil) remained popular since 1587?”
Well, honestly, I don’t really know how popular the theme is. In the late 16th century, Christopher Marlowe wrote a play/book called Dr. Faustus. It is about a man who sells his soul to the devil to gain all physical desires. I didn’t enjoy the book, or the subject, but maybe that’s just me.
Supposing the subject is popular, I guess it would be because it focuses on the choices people make. Life is all about choices, and this subject brings the choice: will I sell my soul to the devil for the satisfaction of physical desires or not? It might keep you in suspense regarding whether or not the person realizes his mistake, how he deals with it, can he get out of his trouble? This, I guess, would be what makes the subject popular.
Personally, however, I don’t find the subject interesting or attractive. What do you think? Is it popular? If so, why is it? Leave a comment below!!!