Goethe's Faust



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Discussion starters:

1. What comparisons to the book of Job make the prologue more meaningful?

2. If you are familiar with Marlowe's The Tragedy of Dr. Faustus, what significant changes does Goethe make in Faust's nature?

3. What insights do you gain from the play about the differences between information and intuition?

4. The end of Part 1 leaves the reader questioning whether Faust has found love or happiness. What evidence do you find to indicate that Faust will be successful?

5. Describe the unity, or recurring elements and themes, you find in the play.

Links to other Internet sources:

Essay Topics from Malaspina University College

Excellent bio

Goethe Society

Study guide from Washington State University



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Created by Stan Galloway, Bridgewater College, 11 March 1999. Last modified 7 September 2000. Contact me at sgallowa@bridgewater.edu