The bet between Faust and Mephistopheles is made in this scene. What does Mephistopheles promise for Faust? (p. 583-584). What is Faust`s first answer? Note that Faust does not sell his soul directly to the devil to obtain the usual conditions of wealth and power. What are Faust`s terms for the „bet” he offers to the devil? (p. 583-584) Faust makes a pact (an agreement) with Mephistopheles that promises him everything his soul can wish for: good life, gold, women and honor. Faust signs the pact with his blood. Faust uses magic in the hope that she will tell him all about life. But in the end, Mephistopheles wins his bet. The Goethe Fist is an account of the legend of the Fist, which was very famous in Germany. The legend is about a man named Faust, who is tired of studying and wants to have as much luck as possible.
The devil (most often called Mephistopheles, as he is in Goethe`s play) tells Faust that he can help him, but that Faust must finally give him his soul and go to hell with him. Faust makes a pact (an agreement) with Mephistopheles that promises him everything his soul can wish for: good life, gold, women and honor. Faust signs the pact with his blood. Faust uses magic in the hope that she will tell him all about life. But in the end, Mephistopheles wins his bet. „With the help of Von Wagner, Mephistopheles created an informal spirit of learning, Homunculus, who could see what was happening in Faust`s mind. Homunculus, Mephistopheles and Faust went to Greece, where the mephistopheles borrowed from the fantastic images of classical mythology one of its grotesque forms. With the intervention of Mephistophele, a living Helen was taken to Faust.
It seemed now, with the attainment of this supreme joy of beauty in Helen, that Faust would cry for such a moment to linger forever, but he soon realized that the enjoyment of temporary beauty could not last longer than his other experiences. Mephisto`s costume in this scene reminds Faust of the narrow limits of the world in which he has lived until now. Faust`s change in wording recalls the divine law that action is the dominant force of the universe, and raises the story of that fist to a philosophical level higher than that of the hero of ancient legends. The terms of the new pact mean that he will only be condemned if Faust is so satisfied that he chooses to be in a state of calm or non-action. In other words, the original sin is to free itself from the responsibility of movement and activity. This idea is perfectly in line with Mephisto`s nihilistic principles, so that the devil accepts the modified pact.