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Alternative Character Interpretation: Even in individual versions, there is considerable variation in how characters in the story are treated. Faust — driven to his bargain from love for suffering mankind, or looking for a cheap and easy way to lord it over others? Mephistopheles — Anti-Hero seeking to subvert God's injustice, or diabolical hater wanting to damn others to his own misery? Wagner? Gretchen? The Emperor? God? The variations are endless.
What an Idiot: Sure, I'll give up eternal happiness to be best buds with the Embodiment of Treachery and Pure Evil! Where do I sign?!