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Month: January 2007

Comments On Faust Part XX

Comments On Faust Part XX

  This article will discuss Faust’s belief or disbelief in God. In the scene called Marthe’s Garden, Margarete begins to question Faust about his views on religion: Margarete: Tell me, dear, in what do you believe? Although you are a good and loveworthy man, religion means little to you, that I know. Faust: Let that be, my child! You feel my love, is it not true? For those I love, I’d lay my life down too; I would rob no…

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Comments On Faust Part XIX

Comments On Faust Part XIX

Recently, I’ve been thinking about what I have in common with Faust. No, I am not a distinguished doctor of learning, nor do I come from a family where the emphasis is on scholarship, but I have sought answers to the puzzling questions of the universe and my own existence. The result was I found myself scratching my head in utter dismay. During the 1980’s, I read book after book in an attempt to discover what my purpose was in…

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Comments On Faust Part XVIII

Comments On Faust Part XVIII

This article continues the comparison of Faust with Zarathustra’s metaphor of the child. The child is a new beginning, a creative fire. When long-held beliefs have been called into question by the camel, and then destroyed by the lion, one enters a new epoch. After a time, the values one has created for oneself become obsolete. These must not be allowed to become sacred cows, for, eventually, they must be destroyed and replaced by new values. The spirit of the…

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Comments On Faust Part XVII

Comments On Faust Part XVII

So far, we have seen several parallels of transformation between Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and Goethe’s Faust. The latter has passed through the stages of camel and lion, and is now ready to proceed on to the next level, that of the child. As was mentioned earlier, the lion is victorious in its battle with the Great Dragon; the dragon has been slain, thus “Thou Shalt” holds no power. The lion has declared its freedom from being told what to think and…

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