The Question and Answer section for Goethe’s Faust is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Faust is pretty confident when "evil" visits him. Faust urges him to enter, but Mephistopheles tells him he must say “Come In” three times before he may enter.
The "evil spirit" joins Gretchen in the Cathedral, whispering things that turn her away from the church.... all while he tells her the church has turned away from her.
Faust has an unwavering desire to attain spiritual heights, Mephistopheles knows that Fausts desire for transcendence is his weakness, and he wagers that through him Faust will attain his desires. Faust accepts the wager, hoping for eternal...