I thought I was getting the whole "Faust" from the book I got from the library, but it turned out to only be the first part. Oh well! I quite enjoyed it, and plan on reading the second part sometime too. Very interesting and engaging work! It would be really neat to see it performed. This piece is simply brilliant! I thought it would take me much longer to "get through" it.
But language and story is just so good that I read it in a few days. Classic, classic, classic, a must read.
The themes come up in countless books, movies, life etc Goethe is an excellent writer, and the translation by David Luke allows the English-language reader to immerse themselves in the rich poetry of the drama of Faust. The story itself is a parable for humanity: a selfish and self-absorbed person makes a deal with the devil in order to realize their wildest fantasies and, in the process, ruin everything around them.
Faust makes his deal, falls in love with Gretchen, and then directly or indirectly kills her mother and brother, their baby born out-of-wedlock, and gets Gretchen thrown in prison awaiting execution for infanticide. Mephistopheles, the Devil himself, is actually quite a witty and likable character if you discount the fact that he is the Devil, after all.
I found myself laughing out loud at his commentary on more than a few occasions. Godine Slede spojleri! While I was there I saw a production of the show Faustus. I knew about the original book "Goethe's Faust" but I hadn't read it. So after finishing all of the books I was reading I bought a version at Barnes and Noble.
This book is considered by many to be the greatest work of German literature ever, And I can see why. It follows the story of Faust who wants to learn the use of life, and how he can learn enough to satisfy himself. He traps and makes a deal with the supernatural being Mephistopheles.
Mephistophelesgoves Faust eternal life and helps him meet his love, Gretchen. One thing I loved about this book was the fate of Gretchen. It is foreshadowed at the beginning with her first song. Singing of one who is loved but then her love is lost and then she dies. Gretchen then falls in love with Faust through the help of Mephistopheles.
Faust then goes a little crazy and hides off in the woods and Gretchen kills herself Sorry for the spoiler, you only had years to read it. One thing that I did not like about this book was the lack of rhyming in the translation or notes of the rhyming that was in the original German. What I mean by that is how when Goethe first wrote this there were specific characters who used specific rhyme schemes and unless you took time to read the German, which was written on the opposite page, you would never know. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in poetry, prose, or philosophy.
This book has a lot of philosophy, taught by both Mephistopheles and Faust. The ending surprised and intrigued me. In Werther, in the body of the story, the narrator--Werther himself in letters but also a third person narrator--misdirects our attention primarily on the developing love triangle between W The ending surprised and intrigued me.
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In Werther, in the body of the story, the narrator--Werther himself in letters but also a third person narrator--misdirects our attention primarily on the developing love triangle between Werther, Charlotte and Albert. To be sure the narrator gives some attention to Werther's relationship to his society and his social position, but this is not used as a narrative pull. In other words, the audience wants to know how the love affair turns out, not whether Werther ends up with a good job.
The narrative focus remains on the personal perspective--how Werther feels about himself and his personal feelings regarding the people he encounters--rather than a social perspective--how other's view Werther or his effect on the lives of those around him. At the end of the story the focus shifts suddenly and dramatically.
First there is the skewering detail see my review of Werther if you are interested during the climax of Werther's love affair when a servant intrudes onto the scene and Werther--previously crying on the floor--is forced to get up and pace until the servant leaves; and finally of course the pointedly terse reference to his funeral--the narrator has chosen not even to honor his "hero" with a full depiction of the funeral--at the very end: "Albert was unable to accompany them.
Charlotte's life was despaired of. The body was carried by labourers. No priest attended.
Marlowe's play ends more or less as one might expect. Faust spends his last night wishing he had never made a deal with the devil while a couple of sympathetic scholars pray for him in the next room. He prepares for it with a brilliant piece of narrative misdirection. On the surface, the narrative pull of the play is what one might expect, the increasingly exotic scenes and secrets Faust becomes privy to as a result of his partnership with Mephistopheles. However about halfway through, the plot appears to veer into what seems an inordinately long digression, Faust's seduction, with Mephistopheles' help, of the pure and virginal Margaret.
Faust's feelings toward Margaret are fiendishly ambiguous. While it's clear Faust never has any intention of marrying Margaret or taking care of her longterm, his rhapsodizing monologues about her seem to suggest more transcendent "true love" than just lust. Nonetheless when Margaret's brother--ironically named "Valentine"--finds out her reputation has been ruined by the affair he disowns her, proclaims her a whore and is murdered by Faust.
Thereafter the plot seems to return its main focus as Mephistopheles takes Faust off to witness Walpurgis Night, a witch convention that takes the form of a wild party. Walpurgis night is grotesque and supremely distracting. At one point, Faust finds himself dancing with a nude witch. The audience might be forgiven for having forgotten all about Margaret, though we are reminded of her when Faust spots a witch that takes on the form of the true love of whoever gazes at her in Faust's case, Margaret. Near the end of the festival, Mephistopheles, more or less out of the blue, informs Faustus that Margaret is in prison.
Faust insists on being taken there with the idea of mounting a rescue. Here's where the Fassbinder ending begins. After all the magic and fantastic horror, we are confronted with the more mundane but much more terrifying horror of the fate of a fallen woman. Time seems to have been dilated during Walpurgis Night. More than nine months have passed, Margaret is in prison for having committed infanticide on her and Faust's illegitimate offspring.
The scandal seems to also have killed Margaret's mother--though Margaret suggests that she has killed her herself. Margaret is out of her senses crying because the guards of the prison have taken the child's corpse away from her. She is still in love with Faust though he cannot bring himself to kiss her in her present condition and seems to regard his love for her redemptive at least in the sense that she still craves his "true love" even after all she's been through.
Surprisingly, for Faust and the audience, Margaret doesn't seem to want to be rescued. Again, Goethe's romantic hero, is made to seem vaguely comic if not out and out ridiculous as he continually chides Margaret to come with him out of the prison before the guards discover him there. He even tries to physically carry her out. But Margaret won't budge. Instead she wants Faust to affirm his formerly transcendent love for her.
When he will not, she turns to God, confessing her guilt and asking for forgiveness. At this point the tables turn abruptly and dizzyingly the whole universe of the play turns in fact as Margaret fears for Faust. She "shudders" for him in his damnation.
Only if I would want to display my ineptness on a piano I would say something like that to make light of the situation. For if anyone wishes to receive anything into his life from Thy spirit and essence then he must obtain it through Thy merciful goodness, with prayer, pleading, crying and calling out to Thee and searching for Thee. The Berlin-based companies Trotzkind and reallifefilm international share insides of the advantages, technical obstacles and which technologies that can be combined for a realistic experience. I mean… just think about how many different words you know that have this root in them. Dieses Meet-up richtet sich an alle, die schon immer mal unsterblich sein wollten. The book was so big that I could actually step inside it, and in it I read without stopping about many kinds of art and miracle, and I felt happy.
The ending is brilliantly terse. Margaret is judged, saved, Faust takes off, and the play ends with the saved Margaret crying out to the damned Faust, using his first name. The tragedy that is developing through the pages, shows the constant struggle among the choice between right and wrong, the emptiness and nonsense that the human being can experience, and the harsh consequences of bad decisions.
I really like the man vs man in this book, and just the romantic tragedy itself. Aber die Sprache war sehr beeindruckend, besonders, da alles in Gedichtform geschrieben war. Auch die Thematik und die Schularbeit, die ich dazu geschrieben habe , war sehr interessant. Aber am allerbesten, da muss ich ehrlich sein, waren die Besprechungsstunden mit unserem Lehrer. Werde die ersten paar Seiten aber zuhause nochmal in Ruhe lesen. Meine erster Eindruck ist ganz gut und ich bin echt beeindruckt, wie man ein ganzes Buch in Gedichtform schreiben kann, aber ich ahne, dass das mit der Zeit ziemlich anstregend zu lesen werden wird.
Angeblich soll es ja um den Sinn des Lebens gehen, also bin ich schon gespannt. I loved it. I probably didn't understand all of it but Faust is a creaky old prof locked up in his room practising the dark arts of alchemy. The devil bounds into his life in the form of a large black dog and promises many wonderful things to Faust in return for his soul. Faust goes along willingly, especially when the devil can help him win the heart of a young girl called Gretchen.
Sadly, his advances lead to the ruin of the poor girl and her entire family. Trusting the devil, it seems, is a bad idea. The language and poetry is incredible and the English translation really suffers as a result.