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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 bermensch 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 their tales While voluntarily excommunicating themselves from society both characters accomplish a portion of their goal and yet they remain unhappy because they never control the perfect life they have built for themselvesIn Faust the intelligent gentleman Faust seeks spiritual wholeness in knowledge Through years of hard study Faust becomes knowledgeable in math sciences and religion and yet he becomes inept and incapable of having any romantic or physical relationships with the outside world 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 himDo 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 wayp 95Obviously 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
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