Goethe In Faust And Shelley In Frankenstein: Still The Wretched Fools They Were Before


Goethe in Faust and Shelley in Frankenstein: Still the Wretched Fools They Were
Goethe in Faust and Shelley in Frankenstein, wrap their stories around
two men whose mental and physical actions parallel one another. Both stories
deal with characters, who strive to be the übermensch in their world. In Faust,
the striving fellow, Faust, seeks physical and mental wholeness in knowledge
and disaster in lust. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein struggles for
control over one aspect of nature and disastrously, through the monster, nature
controls him to a much greater degree. Many powers are much too mighty for
mortal souls, a lesson that Frankenstein and Faust learn by the end of ...

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As Faust strives to
become the "over man" through knowledge, he realizes that books will not
satisfy his curiosity and that maybe sensual pleasures will. Therefore, in
the process of creating his new life, Faust, becomes distant and unconcerned
with all reality and humanity around him.

Do not fancy anything right, do not fancy that I could
teach or assert what would better mankind or what might
convert. I also have neither money nor treasures, nor
worldly honors or earthly pleasures; no dog would want
to live this way!(p. 95)

Obviously, Faust has fallen into a inhumane state of living, through the
pursuit of the unattainable. He becomes greedy, desperate and feels justified
in whatever it takes to achieve a position of the over man. At that time,
Christians and society in general considered his pursuit for lust immoral,
unjust and irresponsible. When Faust sets his sights on an object, whether
knowledge or women, he demands nothing ...

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