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Day: December 30, 2006

Comments On Faust Part XV

Comments On Faust Part XV

I will begin this article examining a few metaphors from Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, particularly the images of the Three Metamorphoses, and compare my interpretation of them with several statements in Faust. The primary point in doing this is to compare Faust’s transformation with Zarathustra’s three-fold process of becoming. Let’s look at a statement by Zarathustra: I name you three metamorphoses of the spirit: how the spirit shall become a camel, and the camel a lion, and the lion at last a…

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Comments On Faust Part XIV

Comments On Faust Part XIV

In a previous article, I commented on the passage in Prologue in Heaven, where Mephisto likens men to grasshoppers. I said, “Crickets and grasshoppers try to leap as high as they possibly can. In the end, though, they fall back into the grass and sing the same old song.” Indeed, this is where many of us are on the path of becoming. It is where Faust begins his journey in the beginning of the story. Even though he has scaled…

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