March 5, 2013
English - 1302
Essay 2 – Faust
In the short poem “Faust” written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a very interesting short poem written in the eighteen hundreds. The poem has many different aspects that can be analyzed in interpreted. These different aspects of Faust emphasize the greater nature of good versus evil. These aspects include the time period of what Goethe set the play and the time he wrote the play, the setting gives a greater portrait of the conflicts that arise, and the plot gives the enhancement of right and wrong. The characters, for instance, has the natural antagonist, the Devil. In different religions, the Devil has many different names, such as Lucifer, Satan, The Wicked One, or The Arch-Fiend. Due to Goethe’s natural culture as a German, he naturally names the Devil as Mephistopheles, or in short, Mephisto. Mephisto is the antagonist in the poem because he tries to move Faust in the direction of evil and temptation. As the antagonist, he eventually is defeated by an element he is unaware of, love. Mephisto creates his own doom, by presenting Faust a woman that he will eventually love. Mephisto tried to tempt Faust into lust because he wanted Faust to surrender his soul to him. So in order for Mephisto to succeed in his goals, he was supposed to meet all of Faust’s desires. Unfortunately, the one desire Faust wanted, backfires on Mephisto’s plan. The next character in “Faust” is Faust himself. He is naturally the protagonist in the short poem. Faust is a known physician in his town and learned as many traits as he could. Unfortunately, his human desire of greed had consumed his mind set. Even though he accomplished all that he wanted, he eventually turned to evil or magic and made a pact with the devil. In the first act of the poem, he seems to have the intentions of more of the antagonist; more evil doing rather than good. Eventually we meet Mephisto and he naturally becomes the antagonist of...
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