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Comments On Faust Part IX

Comments On Faust Part IX

Toward the end of Scene II: Faust and Wagner are strolling outside the gate of the city when Faust catches sight of a curious-looking black dog. It is running around in circles, coming nearer and nearer to them. Perhaps intuitively, Faust senses some malevolent purpose in the dog’s presence: He’s drawing a magic coil–it seems to me– For future bondage round our feet. He seems to be quite alarmed when it draws even closer: The ring grows smaller . ….

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Comments On Faust Part VIII

Comments On Faust Part VIII

 Faust’s despair has brought him to the brink of suicide. Just prior to this, he gazes around the musty walls of his Gothic study at the various accouterments and objects which surround him: old dusty books and scrolls, a skull, medical instruments, measuring tools, a dim lamp, etc. These all represent his fruitless quest for knowledge. Nature will not allow herself to be revealed through the use of these paltry items. Faust says,   I stood at the door, you…

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