Test Essays - Week 11: Goethe's Major Contributions to...

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Week 11: Goethe’s Major Contributions to Faust-myth as expressed in his play from 1808 o Faust character is product of the 18 th century Enlightenment Updated version to offer fresh insights into central problems of his own age o Depicted the 18 th century aspect of a thirst for knowledge will never rest as a positive aspect of enlightenment o Goethe took the opposing forces of the world Light versus dark Reason versus superstition Aspects or details introduced by Goethe o Infused philosophical and literary culture into work o Faust is not a magician but rather now an academic o Ideal man never gives up striving o Reintegrate critique of magic into intellectual culture o Faust does not disobey God’s commands as he did in legends How Transformed overall structure and meaning of original folk legend o An important difference in updated version was the wager that Faust makes with Mephisto In original is sold his soul to Mephisto rather than bet Pact serves as the means toward a greater self-realization/fuller experience
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