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Goethe's Faust: A Literary Survey

Focuses on the analysis of the structure, plot, theme and other elements of the classic work written by Goethe, a German writer; also presents insightful background about the history, society and culture of German literature with the end in view of shedding light to the analysis of this literary piece.

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Table of contents

Goethe as a Universal Genius 2
Romanticism in German Literature 3
The Sources of Goethe’s Faustus 6
Goethe’s Thematic Conception of Faustus 7
Analysis of the Structure and Plot of the Work 8
Some Valuable Points of Consideration in Studying Faust 29
References 34

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GOETHE’S FAUST: A LITERARY SURVEY Goethe as a Universal Genius Goethe is for the world of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries what Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare were for the Western world of earlier ages. He is one of those giants of the poetic art who have created masterpieces of universal significance and enduring enjoyment. He is also a great national poet, with a preeminent value for the German people and for German Literature. Goethe’s work is a rare combination of the entertaining and the profound, of gay humor and heavy seriousness. In Faust, this great master of lyric poetry devoted his talents to an ambitiously broad and deep portrayal of the human condition and destiny. But Goethe the man is as important as Goethe the poet. To be or become himself was for Goethe his primary creative activity, as salient as or even more so than writing books. This many- sided genius has been called the last “universal man” of the Western world. Poet, novelist, prime minister, scientist, artist, critic, theatrical director, lover, philosopher, conversationalist extraordinary- he bestrode his age like a colossus. He was the great ...

... Christian symbols and images to express a different point of view?

In this work there are many expressions of the reverence for Nature. What kind of religious attitude compatible with the Christian View of God and of man’s relation to God? Does this reverence for the God or Spirit that is present in Nature, as expressed in Faust, imply any particular moral principles? If so, are the implicit ethics of Faust at variance with the Judaeo- Christian ethical doctrines? Is the view of human nature in Faust similar to or difference from the Christian view? Is the handling of the problem of evil in the world the same as or different from the Christian treatment of it?
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