Goethe's Faust

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Goethe's Faust is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's adaptation of the Faust theme, which exists in several variants or parts. Faust is portrayed here as a man eternally striving out of his I, who is, as it were, the archetype of modern man in our present consciousness-soul age. In contrast to the original Faust legend, Faust can ultimately be redeemed at the end of his life in the final apotheosis, despite the pact with Mephistopheles and all the resulting misdeeds - or in Goethe's words: "Man errs as long he strives", but "whoever strives eternally, we can redeem".