He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
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One of the seven great princes of
, and a represen-
tative of Satan in legend and literature. Mephistopheles
means in Hebrew “he who loves not the light.”
Mephistopheles is best known for the part he plays
in the legend of Dr. Johann Faust, which has been
turned into plays, poems, operas, and symphonies. The
story concerns the way in which vanity can lead to
easy seduction by the devil. Perhaps the best-known of
these artistic creations is
According to the story, Faust lives in 15th-century
Weimar, Germany, where he is an astrologer, alchemist,
and magician. In his youth he exhausted all the knowl-
edge of his time, and so he turned to sorcery. Now in
old age, he is bitter and disillusioned. Using his skill in
sorcery, he conjures up Mephistopheles in the name of
is friendly and consoling. Faust
conjures him a second time, and Mephistopheles
promises him all the worldly pleasures and sensations
he desires—in exchange for his soul at the end of 24
years’ time. Faust agrees.
For the next 24 years, Faust lives a splendid life. He
has youth, wealth, magical powers, and the satiation of
all his physical desires. He can magically transport
himself anywhere in the world, conjure up any
woman, have anything. Then the demon comes to col-
lect his due.
Goethe allows redemption for Faust. He has the
doctor seduce a young woman named Margaret. She
bears a child, but is so overcome with shame that she
kills it. She is arrested and imprisoned, and in prison
she becomes insane.
Faust, meanwhile, continues to live the high life.
He conjures up Helen of Troy. Mephistopheles takes Faust on an adventure and shows him the creation of
the universe, and the secrets of the homunculus (an
artificial man created by magic).
Faust tries to save Margaret, but to no avail. She
goes to her death and her sacrifice redeems them both.