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by Johann Goethe

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Why does Faust sell his soul?  

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Faust is profoundly dissatisfied with his life. He's an astrologist and magician who yearns for knowledge, but he's frustrated by the very human limits placed upon the acquisition of that knowledge. He's also frustrated by the sheer lack of enjoyment in his life; he wants his existence on earth to be a pleasurable one. This brings him to the attention of the devil, or Mephistopheles as he's known in Goethe's play. He makes Faust a wager that he, Mephistopheles, will be able to satisfy his...

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