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11th Dec '15 5:01:19 AM Dravencour
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'''Faust''' is the central character of the archetypical story of a DealWithTheDevil. Though there were earlier stories of individuals bargaining with demons for magical power (such as Simon Magus, Cyprian, and Theophilus), it is the legend of an [[TheRenaissance early 16th century]] [[HolyRomanEmpire German]] scholar that has been the most frequent and profoundest inspiration for works of art on this theme.
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'''Faust''' is the central character of the archetypical archetypal story of a DealWithTheDevil. Though there were earlier stories of individuals bargaining with demons for magical power (such as Simon Magus, Cyprian, and Theophilus), it is the legend of an [[TheRenaissance early 16th century]] [[HolyRomanEmpire German]] scholar that has been the most frequent and profoundest inspiration for works of art on this theme.
3rd Dec '15 11:23:12 AM jamespolk
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Most subsequent versions of the Faust story either base themselves on one of these two dramas or react against them. The character has been depicted by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix; and by composers such as Music/HectorBerlioz, Music/FranzLiszt, Music/CharlesGounod, Bo´to and Creator/RichardWagner. Faust has also appeared in cinematic versions, such as Murnau's ''Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage'' (1926) and Creator/JanSvankmajer's ''Faust'' (1994); while Goethe's version of the story inspired a musical adaptation in two linked albums from metal band Kamelot, ''Epica'' (2003) and ''The Black Halo'' (2005).
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Most subsequent versions of the Faust story either base themselves on one of these two dramas or react against them. The character has been depicted by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix; and by composers such as Music/HectorBerlioz, Music/FranzLiszt, Music/CharlesGounod, Bo´to and Creator/RichardWagner. Faust has also appeared in cinematic versions, such as Murnau's ''Faust: ''[[Film/{{Faust}} Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage'' Volkssage]]'' (1926) and Creator/JanSvankmajer's ''Faust'' (1994); while Goethe's version of the story inspired a musical adaptation in two linked albums from metal band Kamelot, ''Epica'' (2003) and ''The Black Halo'' (2005).
29th Nov '15 10:32:56 AM gallium
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* AGodAmI: In some versions, Faust actually aspires to divinity.

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* AGodAmI: In some versions, Faust actually aspires to divinity.
18th Oct '15 5:42:33 PM nombretomado
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** WholePlotReference: The essential story of ''Faust'', in particular the Marlowe and Goethe versions, has been lifted for dozens, if not hundreds, of works over the centuries. Modern examples include ''{{Spawn}}'', ''{{Preacher}}'', ''Anime/BlackButler'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' (though the last isn't obvious at first). Also seen in the ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' anime- notice the name Mephistopheles.
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** WholePlotReference: The essential story of ''Faust'', in particular the Marlowe and Goethe versions, has been lifted for dozens, if not hundreds, of works over the centuries. Modern examples include ''{{Spawn}}'', ''{{Preacher}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', ''Anime/BlackButler'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' (though the last isn't obvious at first). Also seen in the ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' anime- notice the name Mephistopheles.
17th Oct '15 5:23:46 PM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Besides Faust himself, the [[HolyRomanEmpire Emperor]], usually Charles V, and ThePope, though he is rarely specified (Alexander VI and Julius II are possibilities).
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Besides Faust himself, the [[HolyRomanEmpire Emperor]], usually Charles V, and ThePope, UsefulNotes/ThePope, though he is rarely specified (Alexander VI and Julius II are possibilities).
17th Oct '15 5:23:39 PM nombretomado
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Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the story proved popular in Germany in the form of chapbooks and puppet plays, often incorporating a great deal of humor and spectacular effects. Certain episodes became standard: Faust summoning up Mephistopheles; Faust disputing with him on the nature of God and the universe; Mephistopheles mocking Faust's scholar-servant, Wagner; Faust gaining the love of Helen of Troy; Faust appearing at the court of the [[HolyRomanEmpire Emperor]]; Faust or Mephistopheles in invisible form playing pranks on ThePope; Faust being given the chance to repent and refusing; and, finally and inevitably, Faust being dragged off to Hell by devils on the expiration of his contract. A subsidiary episode, in which Faust demands marriage with a virtuous peasant girl and is refused by Mephistopheles on the grounds that marriage, being a sacrament and thus pleasing to God, is against the terms of the contract, would form the basis for the story of Margaret (Margarethe, Gretchen, Marguerite) in subsequent versions of the story.
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Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the story proved popular in Germany in the form of chapbooks and puppet plays, often incorporating a great deal of humor and spectacular effects. Certain episodes became standard: Faust summoning up Mephistopheles; Faust disputing with him on the nature of God and the universe; Mephistopheles mocking Faust's scholar-servant, Wagner; Faust gaining the love of Helen of Troy; Faust appearing at the court of the [[HolyRomanEmpire Emperor]]; Faust or Mephistopheles in invisible form playing pranks on ThePope; UsefulNotes/ThePope; Faust being given the chance to repent and refusing; and, finally and inevitably, Faust being dragged off to Hell by devils on the expiration of his contract. A subsidiary episode, in which Faust demands marriage with a virtuous peasant girl and is refused by Mephistopheles on the grounds that marriage, being a sacrament and thus pleasing to God, is against the terms of the contract, would form the basis for the story of Margaret (Margarethe, Gretchen, Marguerite) in subsequent versions of the story.
7th Oct '15 1:41:06 PM jedidarrick
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* VillainsNeverLie: In Marlowe's version, Mephistopheles actually tries to talk Faust out of the deal, pointing out that the fact that he, Mephistopheles, a demon, really exists, suggests that G-d also really exists, and that Faust would, by implication, be making a horrible mistake. Faust replies that that does not logically follow, since just because one part of a story turns out to be true, it does not necessarily follow that the whole story is true. Mephistopheles concedes the point.
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* VillainsNeverLie: In Marlowe's version, Mephistopheles actually tries to talk Faust out of the deal, pointing out that the fact that he, Mephistopheles, a demon, really exists, suggests that G-d God also really exists, and that Faust would, by implication, be making a horrible mistake. Faust replies that that does not logically follow, since just because one part of a story turns out to be true, it does not necessarily follow that the whole story is true. Mephistopheles concedes the point.
6th Aug '15 11:13:27 AM Morgenthaler
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Most subsequent versions of the Faust story either base themselves on one of these two dramas or react against them. The character has been depicted by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix; and by composers such as HectorBerlioz, FranzLiszt, CharlesGounod, Bo´to and Creator/RichardWagner. Faust has also appeared in cinematic versions, such as Murnau's ''Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage'' (1926) and Creator/JanSvankmajer's ''Faust'' (1994); while Goethe's version of the story inspired a musical adaptation in two linked albums from metal band Kamelot, ''Epica'' (2003) and ''The Black Halo'' (2005).
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Most subsequent versions of the Faust story either base themselves on one of these two dramas or react against them. The character has been depicted by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix; and by composers such as HectorBerlioz, FranzLiszt, CharlesGounod, Music/HectorBerlioz, Music/FranzLiszt, Music/CharlesGounod, Bo´to and Creator/RichardWagner. Faust has also appeared in cinematic versions, such as Murnau's ''Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage'' (1926) and Creator/JanSvankmajer's ''Faust'' (1994); while Goethe's version of the story inspired a musical adaptation in two linked albums from metal band Kamelot, ''Epica'' (2003) and ''The Black Halo'' (2005).
9th Aug '14 3:39:46 PM eroock
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* AnAesop: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
29th Jun '14 12:12:22 AM LordGro
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Awful Example is a redlink.
The legend that he had sold his soul for magical powers, and had been torn to pieces by devils upon the expiration of the contract, seems to have sprung up immediately, spread by Lutheran preachers who used him as an AwfulExample. The first surviving fictional account of his adventures was a chapbook that appeared in 1587, ''Historia von D. Johan. Fausten dem weitbeschreyten Zauberer und SchwartzkŘnstler'' ("History of Dr. Jno. Faust, the far-famed Wizard and Sorcerer").
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The legend that he had sold his soul for magical powers, and had been torn to pieces by devils upon the expiration of the contract, seems to have sprung up immediately, spread by Lutheran preachers who used him as an AwfulExample.Awful Example. The first surviving fictional account of his adventures was a chapbook that appeared in 1587, ''Historia von D. Johan. Fausten dem weitbeschreyten Zauberer und SchwartzkŘnstler'' ("History of Dr. Jno. Faust, the far-famed Wizard and Sorcerer").

Most subsequent versions of the Faust story either base themselves on one of these two dramas or react against them. The character has been depicted by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix; and by composers such as HectorBerlioz, FranzLiszt, CharlesGounod, Bo´to and Creator/RichardWagner. Faust has also appeared in cinematic versions, such as Murnau's ''Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage'' (1926) and JanSvankmajer's ''Faust'' (1994); while Goethe's version of the story inspired a musical adaptation in two linked albums from metal band Kamelot, ''Epica'' (2003) and ''The Black Halo'' (2005).
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Most subsequent versions of the Faust story either base themselves on one of these two dramas or react against them. The character has been depicted by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix; and by composers such as HectorBerlioz, FranzLiszt, CharlesGounod, Bo´to and Creator/RichardWagner. Faust has also appeared in cinematic versions, such as Murnau's ''Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage'' (1926) and JanSvankmajer's Creator/JanSvankmajer's ''Faust'' (1994); while Goethe's version of the story inspired a musical adaptation in two linked albums from metal band Kamelot, ''Epica'' (2003) and ''The Black Halo'' (2005).
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