Scarce can I name salvation, faith, or heaven, But fearful echoes thunder in mine ears Faustus, thou art damnd! That gracious, ill-starred creature shut in a dungeon as a criminal, and given up to fearful torments! Now, body, turn to air, Or Lucifer will bear thee quick to hell! Delivered up to evil spirits,. Dejected, Faust spies a phial of poison and contemplates suicide. His friends Valdes and Cornelius instruct him in the black arts, and he begins his new career as a magician by summoning up Mephastophilis, a devil. It is so wretched, to be strange, forsaken, And I'd still be followed and taken! Yes, the day comes,--the last day breaks for me! In the scene in , Mephistopheles takes Faust to a tavern, where Faust is bored and disgusted by the drunken revelers. As they walk among the promenading villagers, Faust reveals to Wagner his inner conflict.
Up, and seek the broad, free land! The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike, The devil will come, and Faustus must be damn'd. At the same time, he's the character who works the hardest to ensure that Faustus will eventually encounter those torments. Was it not given to thee and me? The words of the agitate the dog, which shows itself as a monster. Thou shalt; I will send for thee at midnight. The celebration is a of the evil and demonic powers. All beasts are happy, For, when they die, Their souls are soon dissolv'd in elements; But mine must live still to be plagu'd in hell.
Then will I headlong run into the earth: Earth, gape! The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike, The devil will come, and Faustus must be damn'd. Faust sees an image of Helen of Troy in a magic mirror and falls in love. Evening Margarete brings the jewellery to her mother, who is wary of its origin, and donates it to the Church, much to Mephistopheles's fury. It is so wretched, forced to beg my living, And a bad conscience sharper misery giving! Catastrophically, the potion turns out to be poisonous, and the tragedy takes its course. To thee my soul I give! Well, resolve me in this question: Why have we not conjunctions, oppositions, aspects, eclipses, all at one time, but in some years we have more, in some less? You stars that reign'd at my nativity, Whose influence hath allotted death and hell, Now draw up Faustus, like a foggy mist. Faust Monologue by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Character: Margaret Gender: Female Age range :? Wagner symbolizes the vain scientific type who understands only book-learning, and represents the educated. I will kiss it now.
Following this incident, he travels through the courts of Europe, with his fame spreading as he goes. After being confronted by Faust as to his identity Mephistopheles proposes to show Faust the pleasures of life. Cathedral Gretchen seeks comfort in the church, but she is tormented by an Evil Spirit who whispers in her ear, reminding her of her guilt. . O, no, it will not harbour me! Many productions use the same actors later in the play to draw connections between characters: the director reappears as God, the actor as Mephistopheles, and the poet as Faust. One drop would save my soul, half a drop: ah, my Christ! No, Ill see thee hanged: thou wilt eat up all my victuals. One dares not that before chaste ears declare, Which chaste hearts, notwithstanding, cannot spare; And, once for all, I grudge thee not the pleasure Of lying to thyself in moderate measure.
A blessing drawn from supernatural fountains! Gretchen is no longer subject to the illusion of youth upon Faust, and initially does not recognize him. I disdain to have any parents. By our father's gods, son, do not take my life! Mephistopheles brings Marthe the news that her long absent husband has died. Now, Faustus, thou hast heard all my progeny, wilt thou bid me to supper? Mephistopheles realizes his first attempt to lead Faust to ruin is aborted, for Faust expects something different. I'm cleverer, true, than those fops of teachers, Doctors and Magisters, Scribes and Preachers; Neither scruples nor doubts come now to smite me, Nor Hell nor Devil can longer affright me. Repent, and they shall never raze thy skin.
It scarcely true doth seem— Give me thy hand! He leaves jewellery in her cabinet, arousing her curiosity. Cautionary Tale Yes, Mephistopheles's allegiance is clear. Gretchen innocently shows the jewellery to her neighbour Marthe. O, who art thou that lookst so terrible? Was it not given to thee and me? Faust translates the Gospel of John, which presents difficulties, as Faust cannot determine the sense of the first sentence specifically, the word logos — In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. O full and splendid Moon, whom I Have, from this desk, seen climb the sky So many a midnight,--would thy glow For the last time beheld my woe! Valdes and Cornelius appear, and Faustus greets them, declaring that he has set aside all other forms of learning in favor of magic. Faustus tells the scholars about his pact, and they are horror-stricken and resolve to pray for him.
I am like to Ovids flea: I can creep into every corner of a wench; sometimes, like a periwig, I sit upon her brow; or like a fan of feathers, I kiss her lips; indeed I dowhat do I not? This will I keep as chary as my life. He never provides Faust what he wants, instead he attempts to infatuate Faust with superficial indulgences, and thus enmesh him in deep guilt. How many heavens, or spheres, are there? They sign a agreeing that if Mephistopheles can give Faust a moment in which he no longer wishes to strive, but begs for that moment to continue, can he win Faust's soul: Faust. Then swords and knives, Poison, gun, halters, and envenomd steel Are laid before me to despatch myself, And long ere this I should have slain myself, Had not sweet pleasure conquerd deep despair. Faustus then goes on with his travels, playing a trick on a horse-courser along the way.
He obliges, having found a way for Faust to encounter Gretchen. Guided by Mephistopheles Faust defeats Valentine, who curses Gretchen just before he dies. Ah, Pythagoras' metempsychosis, were that true, This soul should fly from me, and I be chang'd Unto some brutish beast! However he is halted by the sound of church bells announcing , which remind him not of Christian duty but of his happier childhood days. Yes, thou findest that unpleasant! The time was once when thou unurged wouldst vow That never words were music to thine ear, That never object pleasing in thine eye, That never touch well welcome to thy hand, That never meat sweet-savored in thy taste, Unless I spake, or looked, or touched, or carved to thee. Nobody else will lie beside me! Gretchen confesses her love to Faust, but she knows instinctively that his companion Mephistopheles has improper motives. That gracious, ill-starred creature shut in a dungeon as a criminal, and given up to fearful torments! Helen appears spontaneously, without intervention of Mephistopheles, or other magic.
Ah, Pythagoras' metempsychosis, were that true, This soul should fly from me, and I be chang'd Unto some brutish beast! Give it back, I beg thee! The misery of this single one pierces to the very marrow of my life; and thou art calmly grinning at the fate of thousands! Faustus again has second thoughts, but Mephastophilis bestows rich gifts on him and gives him a book of spells to learn. Tell me, are there many heavens above the moon? I am lean with seeing others eat. To this has it come! There, he quotes selectively from the New Testament, picking out only those passages that make Christianity appear in a negative light. He manipulates our main man out of repenting by threatening him whenever he thinks about God or heaven, or calling on his devil friends to distract Faustus and win him back to the Dark Side. Eventually, Faustus is invited to the court of the Duke of Vanholt, where he performs various feats.