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What are some aspects of Romanticism, relating to the Romantic period, in Goethe's Faust?

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Goethe was the originator of the Romantic period but once he witnessed what the premises of Romanticism did to society he renounced Romanticism. This is why sixty years passed before Goethe agreed to work on completing Faust by adding sections to Faust Part I and taking a whole new tack on Faust Part II. Therefore, the only characteristics of Romanticism to be found in the work are in what is called the Urfaust, meaning the original Faust, which mostly comprises the stories of Faust and Mephistopheles and Faust and Gretchen (also called Margaret).

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1. a continually striving individual who wants to test the limits of his nature and of God's.

2. a character who believes that one's personal feelings and values are  valid criteria for living.

3) One who believes in the importance of experience in understanding life.

4) The above are a few Romantic characteristics.