Faust is a tragic play in two parts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two. Although rarely staged in. Faust. První vydání I. dílu Fausta. Autor, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Původní název Goethe na Faustovi pracoval s přestávkami po celý svůj život. Někdy se . Johann Wolfgang Goethe Faust I Lektreschlsselis a book byJohann Wolfgang Goethe Faust I Lektreschlssel, published onSunday 9. Dec <. The book.

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“Faust” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and its Translation into Hebrew

While Goethe earned himself a reputation as a great poet already during his lifetime, mainly due to the novel The Sorrows of Young Wertherhis glorious reputation, which endures to this day, stems from his monumental oeuvre, Faust. The poet worked on the play for more than 60 years, publishing it in different versions and ultimately, dividing it into two parts.

The first part is considered more accessible than the second.

Indeed, the first part of Faust has been staged hundreds over the generations, if not thousands of times, while the second part was produced much less, due to its complex content. To this day, the play is still performed still mainly its first part and movies have been made based on its famous plot. The first page of a two-part edition of “Faust”, Paris The main character in the play is a middle-aged scholar, Heinrich Faust.

This fabled connection led Goethe, apparently, to the key element in the story of Faust, which is the pact between the scholar and the devil himself. The frustration that he feels stems from his inability to understand aspects of philosophy and nature and grasp new connections in these realms.


This desire symbolizes the unquenchable aspiration for additional knowledge that ultimately encounters limitations, and, on the other hand, the failure of the scholar to enjoy life in all its aspects.

In this state Faust meets the devil, who is in relentless pursuit of human souls. In the first part of the play, Faust encounters the life of emotion and the soul through a young and beautiful woman named Marguerite. Their relationship ends in disaster from her perspective, since she murders the child she bears with Faust, and loses her sanity in prison.

This explains why Goethe defined the play as a tragedy: In the second part, Faust appears as a person operating within history and society, but he fails in this arena.

At the end of this part, Faust envisions a human society that operates for the benefit of all, in which the needs of the individuals are attended to, but since this world has not materialized and Faust is still striving towards it, he does not ultimately lose to the devil, and the soul of the deceased scholar is spared. The humanistic and philosophical content of Faust made an impression on many generations and had an influence on countless readers, since they were able to identify with the dilemmas of Faust, both as a sensitive person and a man of spirit.

Faust: First Part

German-speaking Jews, like fellow German speakers, were enamored of Faust. It is fuast not surprising that in Israel, as well, a translation into Hebrew of the first part of Faust was published by the poet Yaakov Cohen Surely surprising, however, is the date of publication: In his introduction, Yaakov Cohen wrote about his hesitations and the difficulties in translating into Hebrew not only the language but also the intentions of the great poet.

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At the same time, Cohen did not relate at all to the particular problematic nature of publishing a classical work from the German literary canon at the beginning of the s. While at the end of the introduction he mentioned that he had completed the translation a decade earlier i. Yaakov Cohen published his translation with Schocken, a publishing house whose German roots surely meant that they understood the significance of the matter.

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thanks to this beautiful book, both in its content and its external form, one may say that during the darkest days, it was Jewish intellectuals who made the effort to preserve the humanistic values that had characterized Germany at other times. You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Please enable scripts and reload this page.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is considered today one of the outstanding poets in the history of German literature.

The name of the i.lekktreschlssel city of Weimar is closely tied to Goethe, who lived and worked there most of his life.

The first page of a two-part edition of “Faust”, Paris The main character in the play is a middle-aged wolfagng, Heinrich Faust. The cover of the Hebrew edition of “Faust”,