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What similarities do the characters of Faust and Peer Gynt have in Goethe's Faust and Ibsen's Peer Gynt?

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Faust and Peer Gynt, in Goethe's Faust and Ibsen's Peer Gynt, are not alike in character traits though they are alike in some of their actions taken. Faust is an accomplished and respected academic who is looked up to and admired. He takes false steps in life because he is frustrated with the limits to knowledge and his inability to find what needed is known:

FAUST: What a man knows not, that he doth require,
And what he knoweth, that he cannot use.

Peer Gynt, on the other hand, is a worthless fellow who has no participation in seeking anything of value that might give betterment to his life. In fact, he kidnaps Ingrid for her money.

This leads to one way in which the actions of Faust and Peer might be...

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