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By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust is the protagonist of a vintage German legend. he's a pupil who's hugely profitable but disappointed along with his existence, so he makes a pact with the satan, replacing his soul for limitless wisdom and worldly pleasures. The Faust legend has been the root for plenty of literary, creative, cinematic, and musical works that experience reinterpreted it in the course of the a while. Faust and the adjective Faustian suggest a scenario during which an formidable individual surrenders ethical integrity in an effort to in achieving strength and luck for a delimited time period. The Faust of early books—as good because the ballads, dramas, video clips, and puppet-plays which grew out of them—is irrevocably damned simply because he prefers human to divine wisdom; "he laid the Holy Scriptures in the back of the door and below the bench, refused to be referred to as health care provider of Theology, yet most well liked to be styled health professional of Medicine". performs and comedian puppet theatre loosely according to this legend have been renowned all through Germany within the sixteenth century, usually lowering Faust and Mephistopheles to figures of vulgar enjoyable. the tale was once popularised in England through Christopher Marlowe, who gave it a vintage therapy in his play, The Tragical background of health care provider Faustus. In Goethe's remodeling of the tale 2 hundred years later, Faust turns into a upset highbrow who yearns for "more than earthly meat and drink" in his existence.

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En deux ! Ustensiles de sorcières, Vieux flacons, vieux pots, vieux verres ! En deux ! en deux ! Toi, tu m'as l'air bien hardie; Attends, un bâton Va régler le ton De ta mélodie. LES ANIMAUX Si cela nous réussit, Ma foi, gloire à notre esprit! FAUST (comme plus haut) Mon sein commence à s'enflammer! Eloignons-nous bien vite. MÉPHISTOPHÉLÈS (dans la même position) On doit au moins convenir que ce sont de francs poètes. (La marmite, que la guenon a laissée un instant sans Vécumer, commence à déborder; il s'élève une grande flamme qui monte violemment dans la cheminée.

MÉPHISTOPHÉLÈS Non! non! tu vas voir devant toi, tout à l'heure, le modèle des femmes en personne vivante. ) Avec cette boisson dans le corps, tu verras, dans chaque femme, une Hélène. absoute de tous ses péchés : je m'étais glissé tout contre sa place. C'est bien innocent; elle va à confesse pour un rien; je n'ai aucune prise sur elle. FAUST UNE RUE FAUST, MARGUERITE (passant) FAUST Ma jolie demoiselle, oserai-je hasarder de vous offrir mon bras et ma conduite ? Elle a pourtant plus de quatorze ans.

FAUST Oh ! ne frémis pas ! que ce regard, que ce serrement de main te disent ce qui ne peut s'exprimer: s'abandonner l'un à l'autre, pour goûter un ravissement qui peut être éternel ! Eternel !... sa fin serait le désespoir !... Non ! point de fin ! point de fin ! (Marguerite lui serre la main, se dégage et s'enfuit. ) MARTHE (approchant) La nuit vient. MÉPHISTOPHÉLÈS Oui, et il nous faut partir. MARTHE Je vous prierais bien de rester plus longtemps ; mais on est si méchant dans notre endroit! C'est comme si personne n'avait rien à faire que de surveiller les allées et venues de ses voisins ; et, de telle sorte qu'on se conduise, on devient l'objet de tous les bavardages.

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