Faust : A Comparison Of Romanticism In Goethe's Faust

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Often thought of as the epitome of Romanticism, Goethe’s Faust details the adventures of It’s hero that can be thought of to represent the turmoil that was grasping European society in the years of late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Faust can be viewed as a romantic hero because of his attitude and the progression of his character throughout the story and runs nearly parallel with what was happening around Europe at the time Goethe transpired this play. Faust offers a transition from the cold realization of the Enlightenment to a warm comfort that came to be described as Romanticism. Faust shows a way to express how he deals with morals and all the learning along the way in order to feel fulfillment or belonging, while also shadowing a mindset that European society was struggling to deal with after their world found reason to no longer be a spark for their overall culture of life.
This period of Romanticism in which Goethe wrote Faust was hurting with the same unrest that Faust was dealing with just before he decided to make his deal with Mephisto. The French Revolution had its way with the European’s spirit and it was obvious that those most affected in this time period were those who had an epiphany that fulfillment was no longer an applicable goal to attain. The thought of Enlightenment would no longer shine in the explanation of the importance of life during this time of revolution in which everything was opposite to it. Romanticism came and helped those who
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