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Explain why Faust is a Romantic hero in Geothe's Faust.

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In Goethe's Faust, the protagonist can be considered a Romantic hero. (There are several characteristics of a Romantic hero. Use the enotes.com link below to see them all.)

Faust can be seen as a Romantic hero in Part I first because he is a character who does not conform to the norms of the time. Instead of actively pursuing an honest relationship with God, he makes a deal with Mephistopheles who serves the Devil. Faust also may be said to be a man of introspection. Strong emotion is also a characteristic of the Romantic hero.

But in Part II, Goethe has rejected Romanticism, and Faust is a Classical hero, though Faust continues, within the Classical structure, to show human emotion.

After Faust has built a harbor before "the wide shore's level shelf" and added a pleasure garden and canal on the newly exposed land, the peasant's "old hut" and "crumbling chapel" behind...

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