TITLE

MEPHISTO'S PRINCIPLES: ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF EVIL IN GOETHE'S FAUST I

AUTHOR(S)
ALT, PETER-ANDRÉ
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Modern Language Review;Jan2011, Vol. 106 Issue 1, p149
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The character of Mephisto in Goethe's Faust was conceived after Enlightenment rationalism had discredited the traditional representation of the Devil as a physical being and the conception of him as embodying the principle of evil. Goethe's presentation of Mephisto therefore relies heavily on subjectivity and paradox: if evil is only a defect, the privation of good, Mephisto must define himself in riddling language by reference to a divine order which he does not acknowledge. The paralipomena show that Goethe considered making evil into an independent principle, but abandoned the idea.
ACCESSION #
59902222

 

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