"Tarry a while! Thou art so fair!"
The existence and fate of the soul are central to Goethe's Faust.
Faust is Goethe's magnum opus and considered by many to be the greatest work of German literature, a work of superb genius.
We first meet Faust, an ageing professor, under the narrow gothic vaults of his alchemist's laboratory.
He is at the end of his rope and has decided to commit suicide.
Faust carelessly summons Mephistopheles and strikes a devil’s bargain with him.
Faust is given a life of debauchery and sin seemingly without consequence until he falls in love with a beautiful young woman and the devil contrives a way for him to gratify his passion, though in such a manner as to trick him and leave him more hopeless than ever.
Goethe's tale is one of the literary uber-myths of modernity, eerily divining the demonic, destructive potential lurking within mankind's prideful logic.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE (1749–1832) was a German writer and statesman. A literary celebrity by the age of 25 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, followed by Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship his body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of styles; prose and verse dramas; an autobiography and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him still exist.