Goethe's Faust

Faust Part 1 Scene IV

What quality in Faust does Mephistopheles count on to gain control of him?

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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 transcendence.