Goethe's Faust

Which details in faust point to the fact that Goethe embellishes the truth about the real Faust and adds to his legend

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Goethe's play comes from popular legends that circulated throughout Europe from the sixteenth century onward. Scholars believe that a man named Faust -- probably a doctor or spiritualist -- did actually exist in sixteenth century Germany. He even receives a mention from Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, as a "conjurer and necromancer" who dabbled in the devil's work. The real Faust probably dabbled in alchemy and made a living as a traveling magician, providing spectacle to audiences of medieval Europe.

Faust's legend grew much more popular than the real man ever was while alive. Some of the earliest works to benefit from Gutenberg's movable type were Faust chapbooks, or cheap pamphlets accessible to the common classes, that began to appear in the late sixteenth century. This Faust inevitably sold his soul to the Devil for the gifts of magic and wealth. His life, however, was doomed from the start, and he always ended as the victim of the Devil's game. His life became both a source of entertainment and a cautionary tale for those that would stray from the bounds of religion and morality. Please check out the rest of this below,



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