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In Goethe's Faust (part 1), what does Faust mean when he speaks of the "Two souls" living within him (line 1112)?

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These famous words are an expression of Faust's torn personality. On the one hand, he wants to lead a worldly life full of wealth, fame, success, and the satisfaction of lustful desires. On the other hand, however, he yearns to soar to the very greatest heights, both spiritually and intellectually.

It is the latter desire that will lead him to enter into a diabolical pact with Mephistopheles. Simply put, Faust wants to be like a god; he's dissatisfied with his earthly life and wants the kind of power and control over others that only a god can exert. By selling his earthly soul to the Devil, Faust is willing to sever it from its "brother," as he calls it. From now on, there will be but one soul, a god-like soul,...

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