Symbolism in Goethe's Faust

Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Famous Germans and other German topics.

Who are the main characters in Goethe´s Faust?

Symbolism in Goethe's Faust

The drama concerns an attempt of the devil to capture the soul of Faust. Its second part is very complex and involves obscure symbolism, e.g. the figure of Helen (with its origin in the great Greek tragedies) and Euphorion (Lord Byron idealised). The Helen incident was first published by Goethe as an original poem. We also find personified virtues, such as Care, who attacks and blinds Faust. Ironically, Faust succumbs to the devil after he has mended his ways. Thus, his soul is borne away by angels before the devil can claim him.

   

Comments

Nobody has commented on this tip yet. Be the first.



Name:


URL: (optional)


Comment:


Not finding the advice and tips you need on this German Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!


Guru Spotlight
Tammi Reynolds