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Questions tagged [faust]

Questions about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's two-part play 'Faust' as comprised of 'Faust: A Tragedy' (1808) and 'Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy' (1832). Use this tag with [johann-wolfgang-von-goethe] and [german-literature]. For Christopher Marlowe's play 'Doctor Faustus' use the tag [doctor-faustus].

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How is "Faust" a tragedy?

I just finished reading Goethe's Faust (the Martin Greenberg translation for those who may be curious). However, I am a bit disappointed in the ending due to Faust's soul being saved by God in the end....
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Is Mephistopheles Faust's first encounter with the otherwordly?

I noticed in Will Quadflieg's interpretation of Goethe's Faust that Faust seems to be relatively calm during his first encounter with Mephistopheles. I get that in the original text, Faust mentions in ...
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Identify a Faust quote about being careful when calling upon bad spirits

As a comment on a disaster, someone quoted orally in German from Faust. They explained the quote as: one should be careful with calling upon bad spirits. The German verb "mahnen" was used. ...
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What was Faust's purpose?

It seems like at the end of Goethe's Faust II, he has realized what he should do. Shortly before that, he kills humans on his quest to help humanity. So what exactly is his new purpose, except that he ...
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What's the significance of Faust's meeting being on Easter Day?

In Goethe's Faust, the eponymous (anti?)hero meets the demon Mephistopheles on what seems to be Easter Sunday, during local celebrations of Easter. Given the religious themes in the story, this surely ...
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Was Isidora's fate in Melmoth the Wanderer directly inspired by Faust?

When reading Charles Robert Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer I couldn't help but notice that Isidora's fate largely resembled Gretchen's in Goethe's Faust and especially the endings of both storylines ...
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