3According to a German legend, Faust was a scientist and magician who sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge.There is no correct or original legend.There was a person named Johann Georg Faust (1400’s – 1500’s), born in Germany.The first time Faust appeared in print was in 1587, in a chapbook.The world-wide known play is The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, written by Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe Original Faust
4PoemFirst things first - I married Faust. We met as students, shacked up, split up, made up, hitched up, got a mortgage on a house, flourished academically, BA. MA. Ph.D. No kids. Two toweled bathrobes. Hers. His. We worked. We saved. We moved again. Fast cars. A boat with sails. A second home in Wales. The latest toys – computers, mobile phones. Prospered. Moved again. Faust’s face was clever, greedy, slightly mad. I was as bad.I grew to love lifestyle,not the life.He grew to love the kudos,not the wife.He went to whores.I felt, not jealousy,but the chronic irritation.I went to yoga, t’ai chi,Feng Shui, therapy, colonic irrigation.And Faust would boastat dinner partiesof the costof doing deals out East.Then take his lustto Soho in cab,to say the least,to lay the ghost,get lost, meet panthers, feast.Legend:AllusionRepetitionSlant RhymeRhymeAlliterationEnumerationHyperboleIronyImageryEnjambment
5He wanted more. I came home late one winter’s evening, hadn’t eaten He wanted more. I came home late one winter’s evening, hadn’t eaten. Faust was upstairs in his study, in a meeting. I smelled cigar smoke, hellish, oddly sexy, not allowed. I heard Faust and the other laugh aloud. Next thing, the world, as Faust said, spread its legs. First politics - Safe seat. MP. Right Hon. KG. Than banks - offshore, abroad - and business - Vice-chairman. Chairman. Owner. Lord. Enough? Encore! Faust was Cardinal, Pope, knew more than God; flew faster than the speed of sound around the globe, lunched; walked on the moon, golfed, holed in one; lit a fat Havana on the Sun.Then backed a hunch -invested in smart bombs,in harms,Faust dealt in arms.Faust got in deep, got out.Bought farms,cloned sheep.Faust surfed the internetfor like-minded Bo Peep.As for me,I went my own sweet way,saw Rome in a day,spun gold from hay,had a facelift,had my breasts enlarged,my buttocks tightened;went to China, Thailand, Africa,returned enlightened.Turned 40, celibate,teetotal, vegan,Buddhist, 41.Went blonde,redhead, brunette,went native, ape,berserk, bananas;went on the run, alone;went home.
6the Lear jet, the helipad, the loot, et cet, et cet, the lot - to me. Faust was in. A word, he said, I spent the night being pleasured by a virtual Helen of Troy. Faced that launched a thousand ships. I kissed its lips. Thing is - I’ve made a pact with Mephistopeheles, the Devil’s boy. He’s on his way to take away what’s owed, reap what I sowed. For all these years of gagging for it, going for it, rolling in it, I’ve sold my soul. At this, I heard a serpent’s hiss tasted evil, knew its smell, as scaly devil’s hands poked up right through the terracotta Tuscan tiles at Faust’s bare feet and dragged him, oddly smirking, there and then straight down to Hell.Oh, well.Faust’s willleft everything-the yacht,the several houses,the Lear jet, the helipad,the loot, et cet, et cet,the lot -to me.C’est la vie.When I got illit hurt like hell.I bought a kidneywith my credit card,then I got well.I keep Faust’s secret still -the clever, cunning, callous bastarddidn’t have a soul to sell.
7Diction and Tone Informal: Sarcastic and ironic tone: “Oh, well” (Line 118)/ “C’est la vie” (Line 127)Many pronouns: “We worked. We saved./ We moved again.” (Lines 10-11)Sarcastic and ironic tone:“The next thing, the world,/as Faust said,/spread its legs.” (Lines 46 – 48)Diction and Tone
8Literal Meaning First person – Mrs. Faust is the speaker. No apparent audience.Tells the story about a couple that came from wealth.Get married, but never have kids.Wealth grows and grows.Ends up just like the play or the legend: Faust is sent to hell.Mrs. Faust seems to have gained the most.Literal Meaning
9The lifestyle of Mr. and Mrs. Faust represent materialism. They spend their money on frivolous items.The only things that the pair care about is money and what it can buy, including power and women.Vain about their social outlook.Think that they can evade death.Greed.A bit critical of women in particular.Figurative Meanings
10Form 15 stanzas, each with 9 lines. There are 3-12 syllables in each lineFast moving poemFree verse, no rhyme scheme.Rhyme is used thoughEnd rhymes: “A boat with sails.(Line 12)/A second home in Wales. (Line 13)”“But the chronic irritation. (Line 25)/ Feng Shui, therapy, colonic irrigation. (Line 27)Form
11Slant rhymes: “I married Faust” (Line 2)/ “Got a mortgage on a house Slant rhymes: “I married Faust” (Line 2)/ “Got a mortgage on a house.” (Line 6)Enjambment: “Moved again. Faust’s face/ was clever, greedy, slightly mad.” (Lines 16-17)Reflects her own life.Repetition: “shacked up, split up,/ made up, hitched up.” (Lines 4-5), and “We worked. We saved./We moved again.” (Lines 10-11)Not usual: many periods, semi-colons, dashes, etc.Form cont.
12Allusion Allusion to Faust. “flourished academically,/BA. MA, Ph. D” (Lines 7-8)“and dragged him oddly smirking,/ there and then/straight down to Hell.” (Lines )Allusion to things with power or greatness:“invested in smart bombs,/in harms,” (Lines 65-66)“And Faust would boast (Line 28)/ of doing deals out East.” (Line 31)“Faust was upstairs in his study,/in a meeting./I smelled cigar smoke,/hellish, oddly sexy, not allowed” (Line 40 – 43)“I spent a night being pleasured/by a virtual Helen of Troy.” (Line 93 – 94)Allusion
13Listing Lists material possessions: Lists positions of power “Fast cars. A boat with sails./ A second home in Wales.” (Line 12 – 13)“the yacht,/the several houses,/the Lear jet, the helipad,/ the loot, et cet, et cet,” (Line 121 – 124)Lists positions of power“First politics-/Safe seat. MP. Right Hon. KG./ Then banks – offshore, abroad – and business -/Vice-chairman. Chairman. Owner. Lord.” (Lines 49 – 53)Listing
14Aspects of the characters are revealed through vast exaggerations: “Saw Rome in a day,/ spun gold from hay,” (Lines 75 – 76)“Faust was Cardinal, Pope,/knew more than God;/flew faster than the speed of sound/around the globe,/lunched;/walked on the moon,/golfed, holed in one; lit a fat Havana on the Sun.” (Lines 56 – 63)Hyperbole
15Are the actions of either Faust justifiable? If so, or not, then why? How are Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest and Mrs. Faust similar and different?Discussion Questions