To what extent is the character of Mephastophilis conceived as an individual rather than as a mere representative of evil?

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Though Mephastophilis is one of the Devil's proudest and most loyal acolytes—"I am a servant to great Lucifer / And may not follow thee without his leave"—he's still very much a character in his own right.

At no point in the play does he give the impression that he's carrying out his master's instructions reluctantly. Even though Mephastophilis is under the Devil's strict instructions at all times, one senses that he would gladly do what he does on his own initiative.

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