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Faust, First Part Wielki uczony wci spragniony wiedzy o sensie istnienia zawiera pakt z diab em Chce absolutnego poznania i doskona ego szcz cia je li zazna chwili, o kt rej powie trwaj, jeste pi kna szatan b dzie m g wzi jego dusz do piek a Mefistofeles ochoczo zgadza si na to wszak sprawdzi wiar Fausta pozwoli mu sam B gFaust to dzie o ycia Goethego, dramat o mo liwo ciach ludzkiego poznania i sensie istnienia wiata [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk o kt rej powie trwaj ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk jeste pi kna szatan b dzie m g wzi jego dusz do piek a Mefistofeles ochoczo zgadza si na to wszak sprawdzi wiar Fausta pozwoli mu sam B gFaust to dzie o ycia Goethego [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk dramat o mo liwo ciach ludzkiego poznania i sensie istnienia wiata Faust by Goethe was the very first book apart from textbooks, of course I ever put my hands on It was assigned to me when I was in middle school for my Spanish class I know it s a German play, but the teacher was encouraging us to read by asking the whole classroom to donate a book for the course, put it in a box with the others and then randomly pick up one of them each month now that I think of it, the teacher should have payedattention to the books we brought, since I don t think Faust by Goethe was the very first book apart from textbooks, of course I ever put my hands on It was assigned to me when I was in middle school for my Spanish class I know it s a German play, but the teacher was encouraging us to read by asking the whole classroom to donate a book for the course, put it in a box with the others and then randomly pick up one of them each month now that I think of it, the teacher should have payedattention to the books we brought, since I don t think Faust was appropriate for a twelve year old I chose, however, this play by Goethe, having no idea what it was about And, well, I remained so for twelve years , since I never readthan ten pages perhaps, until four days ago that I finally got a copy of it Unlike many readers I know, I didn t acquire my taste for literature and reading from an early age I didn t grew up reading stories and I didn t ever feel like I was immersed in a magic world of fantastic creatures and rainbows what some people claim literature is about Instead, I got interested in such delightful activities for two main reasons One of them was that I was a Radiohead fan in high school and there s this song based on Orwell s 1984, but I was told that it was based on Animal Farm false , so I thought it would be a good idea to read it The other reason is that by this same time I took a philosophy course and I remember I was so amazed by Plato s allegory of the cave that I finally decided I wanted to knowabout life, and I thought books had the answers of the many questions I asked myself and everything I wanted to know that within their pages I was going to find the answer Now that I ve read a little bit , I ve come to realize that literature is such a passionate and sublime art indeed, but it hardly provides answers and it actually makes you questionandwhich is great, don t get me wrong, for it makes you try harder to think for yourself but I d say one answer makes twoquestions In this everlasting search for meaning I found myself in Dr Heinrich Faust, the main character in this poetic play Even though, unlike him, I haven t studied philosophy, medicine and theology with ardent zeal, I do feel like a wretched fool I think Goethe s point was to make an emphasis in this lack of something in human understanding and that no matter how hard we try there ll be always something greater than us that we won t be able to understand with our minds designed for only three dimensions, like Ivan Karamazov said It s important to take into consideration the fact that Goethe did believe in God, that for him, God was this higher being that begot mankind but he was not in favor of the way the Church was organized and both, believes and disbelieves are brought up to discussion throughout the whole play He believed, for instance, that God made the Universe perfect and so did the Angels believed but that s when Mephistopheles, the fallen angel, enters the scene, asking for permission to say a word He says the Universe isn t perfect since Man still feels miserable Then he makes a wager with God upon Faust s soul, with arguments based on the book of Job, that is, that if Faust s life is changed by blow after blow of tragedy, he would stop being God s faithful son, though unlike the Biblical character, who at the end realises about God s highness, in this play Faust seems to beandmiserable Also, there s the fact that in Job the fallen angel didn t exactly hang out with him, like Mephisto did with Faust Thus, when the man s life comes to an end, he on whose side Faust is, will keep his soul Therefore, there are many converging points in both books, but they differ from each other.So Faust is a very learned man who has studied everything that ever existed, and yet he still feels he s missing something about existence, something that isn t written down in those books and that perhaps cannot be put to words He even struggles while trying to translate the word logos in the Gospel of LukeIn the beginning was the Word He wonders whether it was the deed instead of the word, because he feels that words, literacy, do not lit his soul the way perhaps a passionate deed would He then expresses the words that have become famous because of their depth and their importance in this workTwo souls, alas, dwell in my breast, each seeks to rule without the otherThus, he begins to look beyond theories and tries something new magic and alchemy I don t want to get into specific details about the plot, but there s a point when he summons the Earth Spirit, something that according to some sources, was Goethe s own contribution to his supernatural play, being no former record of such a spirit either in Christianity or in pagan mythology I think for Goethe, the Earth Spirit represented an instance of God, like when Moses saw the brush burned in fire And it s the Spirit who lowers this learned man to his human condition, making him aware of his delimited understanding Faust, however, persists and trying to prove his godliness, he tries to commit suicide, when suddenly the the church bells ring and an angelic choir from above is heard, announcing Christ s resurrection Later in the play, Faust finds a lost poodle and takes it home, when suddenly the animal reshapes into Mephistopheles, who unlike the Earth Spirit, makes the doctor believe he can achieve anything if he stays with him and serves him when his soul leaves his body to which Faust answers that little does he care for the afterlife when all he wants is to actually feel he s living this life The agreement is settled with bloodGray, my friend, is every theory,and green alone life s golden treeThen at a witch s place, Faust sees a beautiful woman in the mirror and he asks Mephisto to grant him the wish of possessing so beautiful a woman and after some mumbo jumbo by the witch, he takes a potion of sorts to achieve his passionate goals Then he meets Gretchen, also known as Margaret, and that s what Faust s misery gets worse and even worse for Gretchen, who before meeting Faust and his horrid companion was such a pure creature that at first Mephisto does not think he can get her Eventually Gretchen is persuaded by Faust enchantments of course, gotten by such a supernatural aid but as her passion towards Faust increases, misfortune falls upon her family, until the final disgrace comes, before which Faust is ushered by Mephisto to the Walpurus Night an exotic event hosted by witches and having paganism as entertainment I guess it s like the Super Bowl for witches Later, we find out that during this exotic and frightful evening, Gretchen lost her mind after his brother, murder by Faust s evil companion, called her a whore in his last adieu, so she drowns her baby, is taken to prison and given a death sentence Faust blames Mephistopheles for distracting him at the Walpurus Night instead of taking him to save Gretchen This is when I realised Goethe used Mephisto to point out the flaws of our minds, sometimes in earnest, sometimes in jest, like people s tendency to blame external, sometimes supernatural causes for their mistakes Gretchen s given the chance to scape prison helped by her lover and his friend, but instead of going evil ways, she chooses what would seem as tragedy and condemnation to some, like Mephistopheles, but under the gaze of the Heavenly, she s saved, leaving an open door for Faust to go the same way and make the right decision I m afraid Goethe wrote the second part until the last year of his life The redirection of Margarete s path was perhaps inevitable once she entered Faust s toxic influence, but in the end she had the chance to choose either condemnation or salvation, and perhaps that s Goethe s main point to remark virtue through iniquity It works similarly, perhaps, as Milton did in his Paradise Lost As a matter of fact, like the latter took the epic poems as notary influence, Shakespeare had the same kind of impact with the author of Faust nonetheless, his gift and his technique stand on their own.This is a must read classic and it is one of those books I call a literary delight But all the subjects I ve tried perhaps unsuccessfully to expose in this review are precisely the reasons why I don t think Faust is a good choice for a twelve year old beginner Not because of its difficulty, but I think as one grows older one has a better chance of appreciating Goethe s perfectly constructed verses, of having a different perspective upon all the sorrowful, theological, obscure and erotic points by him exposed It s frightening yet beautiful it s heavenly yet humane it s a play and a poem I m not as learned as Doctor Faust, but I think I found in reading this book the kind of fervor he was looking forI awake with horror in the morning,and bitter tears well up in mewhen I must face each day that in its coursecannot fulfill a single wish, not oneFaust and the Earth Spirit Illustrated by Goethe himself I reread Faust yesterday, and it left me wondering pondering again as so often Why don t we talkabout Gretchen And I mean Gretchen as a subject, not as a toy to be used by Faust and Mephistopheles in their joint midlife crisis distractive game Why don t we talkabout the amazing achievements of the modern world, in which a brother like Valentin wouldn t get to call his sister a whore for having a lover Why don t we talkabout the bliss of choice Gretchen today coul I reread Faust yesterday, and it left me wondering pondering again as so often Why don t we talkabout Gretchen And I mean Gretchen as a subject, not as a toy to be used by Faust and Mephistopheles in their joint midlife crisis distractive game Why don t we talkabout the amazing achievements of the modern world, in which a brother like Valentin wouldn t get to call his sister a whore for having a lover Why don t we talkabout the bliss of choice Gretchen today could have her dark affair with a middle aged charismatic narcissist and then raise a child on her own She doesn t have to die or marry to become Dorothy to Casauban or Effi to Innstetten either Let us celebrate the end of Gretchen s life as a social evil and the beginning of Gretchen as a sexual being without guilt, shame and doom The world will never be free from Faustian egomaniacs, but they may face women who speak up and expectthan Gretchen ever could for herself Gretchen lived too early, too much Just some thoughts on reading Faust yet again This is not a review More a continued discussion with myself on a play that keeps challenging me since high school.I cannot attempt to write a review of Goethe s Faust It is a much too personal experience, growing with each time I reread it Since high school, I have been thinking at least five times This is the perfect Goethe moment, his work is written for ME, NOW, it can t get any better, deeper, or anysatisfying Well, apparently it can After maybe three or four years, I picked up Faust again, and found that I had finally grown up enough to identify with his most famous quote, the one I had reverently learned by heart as a student.Banging my head against the wall today while marking papers, trying to figure out how to explain the developments in the world to my own children and the adolescents I am in charge of, I looked up and literally felt Mephisto s presence in the room Unable to get rid of the feeling, I looked at my shelf with my all time favourites, picked up my Faust, with its almost broken spine, and opened it to read my own life the struggle to find answers, the longing for knowledge and understanding, the futile hope that my teaching will make a difference, and the creepy, scary thought that it might all be meaningless, because the majority of our planet is sold, body and soul, to devilish shallowness and indifference It almost sets my heart burning Now here I am, a fool for sure No wiser than I was before Master, Doctor s what they call me, And I ve been ten years, already,Crosswise, arcing, to and fro,Leading my students by the nose,And see that we can know nothing It almost sets my heart burning Da steh ich nun, ich armer Tor Und bin so klug als wie zuvor Hei e Magister, hei e Doktor garUnd ziehe schon an die zehen JahrHerauf, herab und quer und krummMeine Sch ler an der Nase herum Und sehe, da wir nichts wissen k nnen Das will mir schier das Herz verbrennen As hopeless as the message and the rest of the Faust plot is, it gave me solace to share this moment, yet again, with the master of masters, Goethe.Now here I am, a fool for sure Faust First Part Goethe s Faust 1 , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Peter Salm Translator Johann Wolfgang von Goethe s Faust is a tragic play in two parts usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German language stages Faust is considered by many to be Goethe s magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature 1991 Faust First Part Goethe s Faust 1 , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Peter Salm Translator Johann Wolfgang von Goethe s Faust is a tragic play in two parts usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German language stages Faust is considered by many to be Goethe s magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature 1991 First impression Goethe could write his tuckus off Rarely have I encountered prose that commingles in such bounty the trifecta of being, at once, gorgeous to the eye, imbued with passion and saturated with depth and meaning Faust has all three and I was pulled into the seductive narrative from the momentous opening wonderfully titled Prologue from Heaven through the final dramatic climax I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experie First impression Goethe could write his tuckus off Rarely have I encountered prose that commingles in such bounty the trifecta of being, at once, gorgeous to the eye, imbued with passion and saturated with depth and meaning Faust has all three and I was pulled into the seductive narrative from the momentous opening wonderfully titled Prologue from Heaven through the final dramatic climax I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experienced and not to my enjoyment of it Audible.com, usually a professional, high quality purveyor pulled a bit of a bamboozle on me in this case I acquired the unabridged reading by full cast which came in at 4 hours in length Now, that is just about right for Part 1 of Faust and so I thought I was in for a treat as I listened along with my own copy of the novel Turns out, much to my chagrin, that the 4 hours was an adaptation of both Parts 1 and 2 Thus, as wonderful as the experience was, I did not get a chance to absorb all of the detail and nuances of the story.I plan to read the complete Faust Parts 1 and 2 in the future and will share my thoughts on the work as a whole at that time End sad story pause So God, like a lonely parent maybe in need of a hug, allows Satan to throw a temptation Faust s way to prove that the man is still of the flock in a scaled down, boil free, version of the Book of Job As my introductory quote illustrates, Faust is a brilliant scholar who has completed a study of all the world s knowledge and I thought I read a lot and yet feels no wiser for the accomplishment Feeling that there isto existence than rote knowledge of the past which echoes Goethe s own belief in the primacy of emotion over reason Faust longs for deeper meaning and understanding that is hidden from him He becomes depressed and contemplating suicide Goethe s non subtle hint that Faust s faith isthan a tad shaky allow the Devil access to him.Faust is visited by Mephistopheles and offered a life of hedonistic excess and earthly pleasures as a means of gaining greater understanding of the universe Faust, who apparently had never watched any episodes of The Twilight Zone, foolishly agrees and bargains away his soul Faust will die and the Devil will win if Faust can ever be made to be content with a moment in his lifeIf ever I lie down in sloth and base inaction, Then let that moment be my end If by your false cajolery You lull me into self sufficiency, If any pleasure you can give Deludes me, let me cease to live I offer you this wagerFrom here the two take flight literary on a world wind tour of debauchery anddebaucheryLet s plunge ourselves into the roar of time, the whirl of accident may pain and pleasure, success and failure, shift as they will it s only action that can make a man Soon after this, we are introduced to Gretchen, the other main player in this tragedy, whose relationship with Faust will explore key issues of faith and redemption It was this relationship that I thought received the shortest shrift in the adaptation that I listened to so I will leave further thoughts on this until I have experienced the complete work The language is gorgeous and drips emotion on almost every line Some might think this falls too far into the realm of melodrama, but I loved it and found it vigorous and passionate The end is wonderful with the necessary questions answered but certain larger queries left for us to contemplate A wonderful experience abridged though it may have been and one that I strongly encourage everyone to read 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED P.S I didn t have a place to slide this into my review, but I wanted to share one last quote from the story, this one from the devil He and Faust have begun their tour of vice and come across a coven of witches who don t recognize the Prince of LiesDo you know me now Skinny, cadaverous bitch, do you know your lord and master Why don t I Smash you to pieces, tell me why, You and your ape familiars Must I teach You some respect for my red doublet What Is this cock s feather, eh My face have I been hiding it You learn your place, Old hag Am I to name myself or notGood, good stuff

    [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk o kt rej powie trwaj ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk jeste pi kna szatan b dzie m g wzi jego dusz do piek a Mefistofeles ochoczo zgadza si na to wszak sprawdzi wiar Fausta pozwoli mu sam B gFaust to dzie o ycia Goethego [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk dramat o mo liwo ciach ludzkiego poznania i sensie istnienia wiata Faust by Goethe was the very first book apart from textbooks, of course I ever put my hands on It was assigned to me when I was in middle school for my Spanish class I know it s a German play, but the teacher was encouraging us to read by asking the whole classroom to donate a book for the course, put it in a box with the others and then randomly pick up one of them each month now that I think of it, the teacher should have payedattention to the books we brought, since I don t think Faust by Goethe was the very first book apart from textbooks, of course I ever put my hands on It was assigned to me when I was in middle school for my Spanish class I know it s a German play, but the teacher was encouraging us to read by asking the whole classroom to donate a book for the course, put it in a box with the others and then randomly pick up one of them each month now that I think of it, the teacher should have payedattention to the books we brought, since I don t think Faust was appropriate for a twelve year old I chose, however, this play by Goethe, having no idea what it was about And, well, I remained so for twelve years , since I never readthan ten pages perhaps, until four days ago that I finally got a copy of it Unlike many readers I know, I didn t acquire my taste for literature and reading from an early age I didn t grew up reading stories and I didn t ever feel like I was immersed in a magic world of fantastic creatures and rainbows what some people claim literature is about Instead, I got interested in such delightful activities for two main reasons One of them was that I was a Radiohead fan in high school and there s this song based on Orwell s 1984, but I was told that it was based on Animal Farm false , so I thought it would be a good idea to read it The other reason is that by this same time I took a philosophy course and I remember I was so amazed by Plato s allegory of the cave that I finally decided I wanted to knowabout life, and I thought books had the answers of the many questions I asked myself and everything I wanted to know that within their pages I was going to find the answer Now that I ve read a little bit , I ve come to realize that literature is such a passionate and sublime art indeed, but it hardly provides answers and it actually makes you questionandwhich is great, don t get me wrong, for it makes you try harder to think for yourself but I d say one answer makes twoquestions In this everlasting search for meaning I found myself in Dr Heinrich Faust, the main character in this poetic play Even though, unlike him, I haven t studied philosophy, medicine and theology with ardent zeal, I do feel like a wretched fool I think Goethe s point was to make an emphasis in this lack of something in human understanding and that no matter how hard we try there ll be always something greater than us that we won t be able to understand with our minds designed for only three dimensions, like Ivan Karamazov said It s important to take into consideration the fact that Goethe did believe in God, that for him, God was this higher being that begot mankind but he was not in favor of the way the Church was organized and both, believes and disbelieves are brought up to discussion throughout the whole play He believed, for instance, that God made the Universe perfect and so did the Angels believed but that s when Mephistopheles, the fallen angel, enters the scene, asking for permission to say a word He says the Universe isn t perfect since Man still feels miserable Then he makes a wager with God upon Faust s soul, with arguments based on the book of Job, that is, that if Faust s life is changed by blow after blow of tragedy, he would stop being God s faithful son, though unlike the Biblical character, who at the end realises about God s highness, in this play Faust seems to beandmiserable Also, there s the fact that in Job the fallen angel didn t exactly hang out with him, like Mephisto did with Faust Thus, when the man s life comes to an end, he on whose side Faust is, will keep his soul Therefore, there are many converging points in both books, but they differ from each other.So Faust is a very learned man who has studied everything that ever existed, and yet he still feels he s missing something about existence, something that isn t written down in those books and that perhaps cannot be put to words He even struggles while trying to translate the word logos in the Gospel of LukeIn the beginning was the Word He wonders whether it was the deed instead of the word, because he feels that words, literacy, do not lit his soul the way perhaps a passionate deed would He then expresses the words that have become famous because of their depth and their importance in this workTwo souls, alas, dwell in my breast, each seeks to rule without the otherThus, he begins to look beyond theories and tries something new magic and alchemy I don t want to get into specific details about the plot, but there s a point when he summons the Earth Spirit, something that according to some sources, was Goethe s own contribution to his supernatural play, being no former record of such a spirit either in Christianity or in pagan mythology I think for Goethe, the Earth Spirit represented an instance of God, like when Moses saw the brush burned in fire And it s the Spirit who lowers this learned man to his human condition, making him aware of his delimited understanding Faust, however, persists and trying to prove his godliness, he tries to commit suicide, when suddenly the the church bells ring and an angelic choir from above is heard, announcing Christ s resurrection Later in the play, Faust finds a lost poodle and takes it home, when suddenly the animal reshapes into Mephistopheles, who unlike the Earth Spirit, makes the doctor believe he can achieve anything if he stays with him and serves him when his soul leaves his body to which Faust answers that little does he care for the afterlife when all he wants is to actually feel he s living this life The agreement is settled with bloodGray, my friend, is every theory,and green alone life s golden treeThen at a witch s place, Faust sees a beautiful woman in the mirror and he asks Mephisto to grant him the wish of possessing so beautiful a woman and after some mumbo jumbo by the witch, he takes a potion of sorts to achieve his passionate goals Then he meets Gretchen, also known as Margaret, and that s what Faust s misery gets worse and even worse for Gretchen, who before meeting Faust and his horrid companion was such a pure creature that at first Mephisto does not think he can get her Eventually Gretchen is persuaded by Faust enchantments of course, gotten by such a supernatural aid but as her passion towards Faust increases, misfortune falls upon her family, until the final disgrace comes, before which Faust is ushered by Mephisto to the Walpurus Night an exotic event hosted by witches and having paganism as entertainment I guess it s like the Super Bowl for witches Later, we find out that during this exotic and frightful evening, Gretchen lost her mind after his brother, murder by Faust s evil companion, called her a whore in his last adieu, so she drowns her baby, is taken to prison and given a death sentence Faust blames Mephistopheles for distracting him at the Walpurus Night instead of taking him to save Gretchen This is when I realised Goethe used Mephisto to point out the flaws of our minds, sometimes in earnest, sometimes in jest, like people s tendency to blame external, sometimes supernatural causes for their mistakes Gretchen s given the chance to scape prison helped by her lover and his friend, but instead of going evil ways, she chooses what would seem as tragedy and condemnation to some, like Mephistopheles, but under the gaze of the Heavenly, she s saved, leaving an open door for Faust to go the same way and make the right decision I m afraid Goethe wrote the second part until the last year of his life The redirection of Margarete s path was perhaps inevitable once she entered Faust s toxic influence, but in the end she had the chance to choose either condemnation or salvation, and perhaps that s Goethe s main point to remark virtue through iniquity It works similarly, perhaps, as Milton did in his Paradise Lost As a matter of fact, like the latter took the epic poems as notary influence, Shakespeare had the same kind of impact with the author of Faust nonetheless, his gift and his technique stand on their own.This is a must read classic and it is one of those books I call a literary delight But all the subjects I ve tried perhaps unsuccessfully to expose in this review are precisely the reasons why I don t think Faust is a good choice for a twelve year old beginner Not because of its difficulty, but I think as one grows older one has a better chance of appreciating Goethe s perfectly constructed verses, of having a different perspective upon all the sorrowful, theological, obscure and erotic points by him exposed It s frightening yet beautiful it s heavenly yet humane it s a play and a poem I m not as learned as Doctor Faust, but I think I found in reading this book the kind of fervor he was looking forI awake with horror in the morning,and bitter tears well up in mewhen I must face each day that in its coursecannot fulfill a single wish, not oneFaust and the Earth Spirit Illustrated by Goethe himself I reread Faust yesterday, and it left me wondering pondering again as so often Why don t we talkabout Gretchen And I mean Gretchen as a subject, not as a toy to be used by Faust and Mephistopheles in their joint midlife crisis distractive game Why don t we talkabout the amazing achievements of the modern world, in which a brother like Valentin wouldn t get to call his sister a whore for having a lover Why don t we talkabout the bliss of choice Gretchen today coul I reread Faust yesterday, and it left me wondering pondering again as so often Why don t we talkabout Gretchen And I mean Gretchen as a subject, not as a toy to be used by Faust and Mephistopheles in their joint midlife crisis distractive game Why don t we talkabout the amazing achievements of the modern world, in which a brother like Valentin wouldn t get to call his sister a whore for having a lover Why don t we talkabout the bliss of choice Gretchen today could have her dark affair with a middle aged charismatic narcissist and then raise a child on her own She doesn t have to die or marry to become Dorothy to Casauban or Effi to Innstetten either Let us celebrate the end of Gretchen s life as a social evil and the beginning of Gretchen as a sexual being without guilt, shame and doom The world will never be free from Faustian egomaniacs, but they may face women who speak up and expectthan Gretchen ever could for herself Gretchen lived too early, too much Just some thoughts on reading Faust yet again This is not a review More a continued discussion with myself on a play that keeps challenging me since high school.I cannot attempt to write a review of Goethe s Faust It is a much too personal experience, growing with each time I reread it Since high school, I have been thinking at least five times This is the perfect Goethe moment, his work is written for ME, NOW, it can t get any better, deeper, or anysatisfying Well, apparently it can After maybe three or four years, I picked up Faust again, and found that I had finally grown up enough to identify with his most famous quote, the one I had reverently learned by heart as a student.Banging my head against the wall today while marking papers, trying to figure out how to explain the developments in the world to my own children and the adolescents I am in charge of, I looked up and literally felt Mephisto s presence in the room Unable to get rid of the feeling, I looked at my shelf with my all time favourites, picked up my Faust, with its almost broken spine, and opened it to read my own life the struggle to find answers, the longing for knowledge and understanding, the futile hope that my teaching will make a difference, and the creepy, scary thought that it might all be meaningless, because the majority of our planet is sold, body and soul, to devilish shallowness and indifference It almost sets my heart burning Now here I am, a fool for sure No wiser than I was before Master, Doctor s what they call me, And I ve been ten years, already,Crosswise, arcing, to and fro,Leading my students by the nose,And see that we can know nothing It almost sets my heart burning Da steh ich nun, ich armer Tor Und bin so klug als wie zuvor Hei e Magister, hei e Doktor garUnd ziehe schon an die zehen JahrHerauf, herab und quer und krummMeine Sch ler an der Nase herum Und sehe, da wir nichts wissen k nnen Das will mir schier das Herz verbrennen As hopeless as the message and the rest of the Faust plot is, it gave me solace to share this moment, yet again, with the master of masters, Goethe.Now here I am, a fool for sure Faust First Part Goethe s Faust 1 , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Peter Salm Translator Johann Wolfgang von Goethe s Faust is a tragic play in two parts usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German language stages Faust is considered by many to be Goethe s magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature 1991 Faust First Part Goethe s Faust 1 , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Peter Salm Translator Johann Wolfgang von Goethe s Faust is a tragic play in two parts usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German language stages Faust is considered by many to be Goethe s magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature 1991 First impression Goethe could write his tuckus off Rarely have I encountered prose that commingles in such bounty the trifecta of being, at once, gorgeous to the eye, imbued with passion and saturated with depth and meaning Faust has all three and I was pulled into the seductive narrative from the momentous opening wonderfully titled Prologue from Heaven through the final dramatic climax I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experie First impression Goethe could write his tuckus off Rarely have I encountered prose that commingles in such bounty the trifecta of being, at once, gorgeous to the eye, imbued with passion and saturated with depth and meaning Faust has all three and I was pulled into the seductive narrative from the momentous opening wonderfully titled Prologue from Heaven through the final dramatic climax I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experienced and not to my enjoyment of it Audible.com, usually a professional, high quality purveyor pulled a bit of a bamboozle on me in this case I acquired the unabridged reading by full cast which came in at 4 hours in length Now, that is just about right for Part 1 of Faust and so I thought I was in for a treat as I listened along with my own copy of the novel Turns out, much to my chagrin, that the 4 hours was an adaptation of both Parts 1 and 2 Thus, as wonderful as the experience was, I did not get a chance to absorb all of the detail and nuances of the story.I plan to read the complete Faust Parts 1 and 2 in the future and will share my thoughts on the work as a whole at that time End sad story pause So God, like a lonely parent maybe in need of a hug, allows Satan to throw a temptation Faust s way to prove that the man is still of the flock in a scaled down, boil free, version of the Book of Job As my introductory quote illustrates, Faust is a brilliant scholar who has completed a study of all the world s knowledge and I thought I read a lot and yet feels no wiser for the accomplishment Feeling that there isto existence than rote knowledge of the past which echoes Goethe s own belief in the primacy of emotion over reason Faust longs for deeper meaning and understanding that is hidden from him He becomes depressed and contemplating suicide Goethe s non subtle hint that Faust s faith isthan a tad shaky allow the Devil access to him.Faust is visited by Mephistopheles and offered a life of hedonistic excess and earthly pleasures as a means of gaining greater understanding of the universe Faust, who apparently had never watched any episodes of The Twilight Zone, foolishly agrees and bargains away his soul Faust will die and the Devil will win if Faust can ever be made to be content with a moment in his lifeIf ever I lie down in sloth and base inaction, Then let that moment be my end If by your false cajolery You lull me into self sufficiency, If any pleasure you can give Deludes me, let me cease to live I offer you this wagerFrom here the two take flight literary on a world wind tour of debauchery anddebaucheryLet s plunge ourselves into the roar of time, the whirl of accident may pain and pleasure, success and failure, shift as they will it s only action that can make a man Soon after this, we are introduced to Gretchen, the other main player in this tragedy, whose relationship with Faust will explore key issues of faith and redemption It was this relationship that I thought received the shortest shrift in the adaptation that I listened to so I will leave further thoughts on this until I have experienced the complete work The language is gorgeous and drips emotion on almost every line Some might think this falls too far into the realm of melodrama, but I loved it and found it vigorous and passionate The end is wonderful with the necessary questions answered but certain larger queries left for us to contemplate A wonderful experience abridged though it may have been and one that I strongly encourage everyone to read 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED P.S I didn t have a place to slide this into my review, but I wanted to share one last quote from the story, this one from the devil He and Faust have begun their tour of vice and come across a coven of witches who don t recognize the Prince of LiesDo you know me now Skinny, cadaverous bitch, do you know your lord and master Why don t I Smash you to pieces, tell me why, You and your ape familiars Must I teach You some respect for my red doublet What Is this cock s feather, eh My face have I been hiding it You learn your place, Old hag Am I to name myself or notGood, good stuff"/>
  • Paperback
  • 327 pages
  • Faust, First Part
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • English
  • 15 February 2019
  • 0553213482

About the Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer George Eliot called him Germany s greatest man of letters and the last true polymath to walk the earth Goethe s works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science Goethe s magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two part drama Faust Goethe s other well known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of Weimar Classicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sentimentality Empfindsamkeit , Sturm und Drang, and Romanticism The author of the scientific text Theory of Colours, he influenced Darwin with his focus on plant morphology He also long served as the Privy Councilor Geheimrat of the duchy of Weimar.Goethe is the originator of the concept of Weltliteratur world literature , having taken great interest in the literatures of England, France, Italy, classical Greece, Persia, Arabic literature, amongst others His influence on German philosophy is virtually immeasurable, having major impact especially on the generation of Hegel and Schelling, although Goethe himself expressly and decidedly refrained from practicing philosophy in the rarefied sense.Goethe s influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a major source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry and philosophy Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture as well Early in his career, however, he wondered whether painting might not be his true vocation late in his life, he expressed the expectation that he would ultimately be remembered above all for his work in optics.


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