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Faust (First Part, Translated by Peter Salm) (Essay Sample)

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Write a short essay (approx. 1100 words) on the topic below. Secondary sources are neither required nor permitted, aside from Goethe\'s Faust (First Part, translated by Peter Salm). Choose a few passages from the text that you will explicate (i.e., read CLOSELY) in the course of your essay: the close readings you produce will be the building blocks of your argument. Because you only have a few pages, choose a few representative passages to read closely rather than trying to survey an entire text. Remember to be specific in your analysis and clear in stating your conclusions. Topic: In Plato\'s Symposium, Aristonphanes argues that humans are perpetually incomplete, living in a constant state of desire for their missing halves; similarly, in the 1001 Nights, Shahrazad leaves her nightly stories uncompleted, perpetuating King Shahrayar\'s desire to hear their conclusions. What does it mean for something - a self, a story, a society - to be \"complete\", and what are the consequences of seeking such satiety? In this essay, explore the desire for completion in Faust. Note: since \"completion\" is a potentially vague term, be sure to define it specifically at the outset of your essay. --------------- Here are some points I made to myself (though I don't know if they'll help...). They're really all over the place so you please don't feel the need to use them: -definition of complete: "to come to an end" -p. 103: the devil is an egoist and does not easily (...) do what is useful for another. state clearly your conditions. -p. 105: if you ever lure me with your lying flatteries, and I find satisfaction in myself, (...) then let this be my final day! -Faust knows dealing with the devil is dangerous, and yet he makes the deal anyway. does that mean he is so sure he will never be fulfilled? -aren't humans born with an innate sense of never being fulfilled, and yet desiring it endlessly? -Faust deals with the devil in order to satisfy his creativity, his intellect -> but then Mephistopheles turns him into a young handsome man and makes him desire a woman, sex - turning his desire into something primal -p. 35: "primal, joyful energy compels the heart of all your listeners" - was he onto something? -is there significance in the animalistic behaviors of men in Auerbach's Cellar? Faust is so disgusted he leaves, but then he becomes sexual as well Bibliography is not required. Sorry for the short notice and thank you for your time!!! source..
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Human’s Nature according to Goethe in ‘Faust’
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Human’s Nature according to Goethe in ‘Faust’ The importance of being a complete human being has exemplified itself through the changes a human being undergoes since conception. A human being undergoes metamorphosis they age and die eventually. In order far a person to be complete, they have to grow; this growth consist different aspects. It is not confined to physical growth as normally perceived. To completely grow it needs a person’s initiative. Spiritual growth, physical growth, emotional growth, financial growth, intellectual growth all entail the idea of being complete in a human being’s mind. Socrates noted that, men are moved to action not by who they are, rather by their own opinions and convictions. The desire that man has to complete himself leads him to engage in the unknown to satisfy this urge. Scientific experiments help to show the need by man to be complete and understand the environment and try understanding things beyond their scope. What comes with this urge to self improve oneself, is either positive or negative. The scientific revolutions that have rocked the world have helped improve the man’s situation but at the same time, they have led to destruction. Goethe has demonstrated this need of man to improve himself through the character Faust. Faust struggles to better himself in every possible way. Faust who is a scientist and doctor is a very intelligent man. However, he still thinks that he has not reached the pinnacle of education. Faust is of the view that every bit of education has got to be attained if he is to be complete. Given the fact that he is also unhappy with life he makes a decision which turns out to be disastrous not to him alone but to others as well. He makes a deal with the devil (Mephistopheles). This he did because he wanted to understand everything and he figured that he could not do it alone. Because of this thirst of intellectual completeness, two people ended up dying. On the onset, Faust though that he would be happy once he gained all the knowledge, but it begs the question, was getting the information really important to warrant the death of the two people? He had to watch as his wife and her brother die just because he was greedy to acquire all the knowledge. In the end he still gains nothing, in fact he loses more than he acquires. This illustrates that while it is important to strive for self improvement in order to realise completeness, it is important to realise that it is good to know or acquire information, but at the same time we need not be extremely greedy and selfish in the process. To me his advancement was a mistake as it only brought him more stress. It shows how man is not satisfied with what he has. Many other people in his time would have really wanted to be in his position and be able to enjoy his level of intellectual depth, but he did not realise this at all. T...
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