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In Faust Johann Wolfgang von Goethe builds a dramatic poem around the strengths and weaknesses of a man who under a personalized definition of a hero fails miserably A hero is someone that humanity models themselves and their actions after someone who can be revered by the masses as an individual of great morality and strength a man or woman that never sacrifices his beliefs under adversity Therefore through his immoral actions and his unwillingness to respect others rights and privileges Faust is determined to be a man of un heroic proportions It is seen early in the poem that Faust has very strong beliefs and a tight moral code that is deeply rooted in his quest for knowledge Sitting in his den Faust describes his areas of instruction I have alas studied philosophy jurisprudence and medicine too and worst of all theology with keen endeavor through and through It is obvious that through his studies he has valued deep and critical thinking however with the help of Mephisto he would disregard his values and pursue the pleasures of the flesh Fausts impending downward spiral reveals the greed that both Mephisto and Faust share Mephistos greed is evident in the hope that he will overcome Fausts morality and thus be victorious in his wager with God also because he is the devil and that is what he does For Faust greed emerges because of his desire to attain physical pleasures and therefore become whole in mind body and spirit Fausts goal to become the berminche is an understandable desire however the means at which he strives for those ends are irresponsible and unjust It is through this greed that Faust with the help of Mephisto exploit others in the pursuit of Fausts earthly desiresEnter innocent Gretchen a poor lower class young woman who experiences the impossible love Under Mephistos magical potion Faust becomes intoxicated with passion and controlled by his hormones It is under this
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