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In Faust Johann Wolfgang von Goethe builds a dramatic poem around the basis of human strengths and weaknesses two traits exemplified by Goethe through his main character Johann Faust Throughout his life Faust becomes knowledgeable in math science and the Holy Scripture yet desires to find happiness as a result of his persistent struggle for power Faust seeks not power through knowledge but power resultant from knowledge achieved through transcendence Infinitely it is this desire that is the downfall of Faust he sacrifices his beliefs and morals to his pursuit of ultimate knowledge and in doing so he becomes detached from reality Through his ignorance of the surrounding humanity Faust becomes obliterated by emptiness During the time period of the poems setting Christians and society considered this type of greedy pursuit to be immoral and unjust and thus many Christian elements play key roles in Goethes interpretation of the legendary figure Through allusions to religious archetypes along with symbolic Christian principles the tragedy of Faust shows the lifelong struggle of a man who longs for transcendence and the world yet remains imprisoned by his own mindThroughout Faust basic elements of the Christian faith are seen within its composition In Christianity the number three is considered to be a harmony with the Divine and its use throughout the play helps to create the religious overtone The most basic of Christian fundamentals the Trinity shows the existence of God embodied in three persons God the father God the son and God the Holy Spirit In the scene in the study it is the Trinity that lets Mephistopheles into the study but will not let him leave The physical representation of God traps the Devil into the room and as a result forces him to trick Faust in order to leave When Mephistopheles says that Three in One and One in Three is illusion and not truth he is mocking the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity
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