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  • Writer's pictureelham hazfi

Why Faust?

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

Since I started this blog, i have been asked about Faust!

Faust was written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). It is in 2 parts, the first part was published in 1808 and the second part in 1831.

The Faust has been influential in so many cultural space, including classical music and opera, fiction, poetry, drama, ballet, sculpture and painting. I wouldn't hesitate to add politics and philosophy to the list.

Faust is a scholar and alchemist who is dissatisfied with the finite limits on man's potential- the driving force that motivates him in all his adventures as he strives to find a way to pass beyond the boundaries set on human experience and perception.

Faust's dissatisfaction leads him to make a deal with devil to exchange his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures.

The morality of the story is that human imperfection is not absolute and that man's potential for good can be cultivated.

During last year while the world has been trying to find a solution for Covid pandemic, I have been thinking of Faust's idea of the limitation of human abilities. How the whole world is fighting against a virus and with all the knowledge and technology we have access to still is behind virus's development and mutation became my constant mind engaging matter.

I was thinking, I would love to sit and talk with Faust over a drink now, because this was only the beginning of Faust's adventure.

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