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Unformatted text preview: Margaret Derby October 1, 2010 Beth Bramlett, CMLT 2220 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was the first author to include Gretchen to the degree he did in Faust , and her character is one of the main reasons that Goethes version of this epic story is the most popular and widely known today. Gretchens presence in the play is extremely important. She adds a depth that the story never had before. In Faust , by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gretchen acts as a counterpart to Faust and Goethe uses her to show that the true nature of humans is good but that we are a flawed race that is not immune to temptation and failure. Gretchen is a counterpart to Faust because they are both representations of human nature. The definition of human nature that Goethe is trying to put forth is that humans are ultimately good, but fall short and are subject to temptation. This is true of both Gretchen and Faust. From the beginning of the play, Gretchen is good. She is innocent, nave, and child-like. The fact that she is so child-like is Goethe play, Gretchen is good....
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