This text tries to explain one of the most complicated
and, at the same time, greatest works of the German literature,
'Faust' by Goethe. This text is very dense and to present
it in a clear and interesting way is quite difficult.
'Faust' by Goethe is at the same time a way of seeing
the world, let us say a philosophy and a text of beautiful
and true verses. It describes psychological phenomenons
as well as subtle emotions very precisely. Challenges
can arise because of the differences in languages can
make it quite difficult to catch the beauty, and the
point of the original text.
When trying to interpret a piece of literature usually
we search for that what we think runs like a thread
through the whole work. This thread in Faust is the
bet that the Lord makes with Mephistopheles. The bet
is regarding the philosophy of mankind. Faust can be
considered a weighty piece of literature and some parts
are so strong that they seem to be separate pieces of
literature in their own right in these places the thread
is easily lost. May be the strength of Faust is not
that it presents a homogeneous vision of man and the
world, but that the parts in themselves offer deep insight.
The author feels there is no need for a poem to explain
the philosophical conception of humanity
Faust is a very heterogenic piece of work. The influence
it has comes from the huge amount of precise psychological
descriptions, the descriptions of nature and the subtle
emotions and above all the powerful language.
Given the dense structure of the text the author feels
it is best to first present the "thread of things".
This will be done in the next chapter followed by a
summary of the content of the text. After this, there
will be discussion about the most important verses in
the work. The author has chosen "The most important
verses " subjectively, because they seem to be
the most beautiful. Last but not least you'll find a
complete translation of the work, made by G. M. Priest