Unit 2

Faust with Homunculus
19th century engraving of Homunculus from Goethe's Faust part II


Read Goethe's Faust, Part II Act V.

  • Look over the questions below in order to prepare for the reading.  Take notes as you read.  Then write your responses to the following questions as individual responses or as short essays. 
  • In your Discussion Board Postings 8 and 9, share your theories, questions and impressions while reading Goethe's Faust and your responses to the following questions. Remember to provide feedback to at least two colleagues' Discussion Board postings twice weekly.

Discussion Board Posting 8

1. Describe Faust as he appears in Part II, Act V of the drama.  What is his physical condition? What is he trying to do?

2. How do Faust's plans affect his neighbors? Describe and analyze this part of the drama.

3. What does Faust say that causes Mephistopheles to believe he won the wager? What do you think -- did Mephistopheles win?

4. What happens at Faust's death?  Describe and explain.

Yvette Guilbert spielt Marthe und Emil Jannings ist Mephistopheles
in Friedrich Murnaus Faust


Discussion Board Posting 9

5. Comment on the role of the feminine and the use of female imagery in the drama. What is the eternal feminine?  How does it appear?  What does it mean?

6. Why is Goethe's Faust saved? 

7. What do you think of the ending of this drama?

When you have completed this Unit, continue to Unit 3: Faust in Film and Music.