K. Marlo The
tragic story of Dr. Faust
The choir enters the stage and tells the story of Faust: he was born in the German city of Roda, studied in Wittenberg, received his doctorate. “Then, full of audacious self-conceit, He rushed to forbidden heights On the wings of waxes, but the wax melts-And the sky condemned him to death.”
Faustus in his study reflects that, however much he succeeded in earthly sciences, he is only a man and his power is not unlimited. Faust was disappointed in philosophy. Medicine is also not all-powerful, it can not give people immortality, can not resurrect the dead. Jurisprudence is full of contradictions, laws are absurd. Even theology does not answer the questions tormenting Faust. Only magical books attract him. “A powerful
Faust’s servant Wagner meets a jester and wants the jester to serve him for seven years. The buffoon refuses, but Wagner summons the two devils of Baliola and Belcher and threatens that if the clown refuses to serve him, the devils will immediately drag him to hell. He promises to teach the buffoon to turn into a dog, a cat, a mouse or a rat – in anything. But the fool, if he wants to turn into someone, wants to turn into a little quick flea to jump where he wants, and tickle the cute babes under the skirts.
Faust hesitates. A good angel persuades him to quit magic, repent and return to God. An angry angel inspires him with thoughts of wealth and glory. Mephistopheles returns and says that Lucifer ordered him to serve Faust until the sepulcher, if Faust blood will write a will and a gift on his soul and body. Faust agrees, he sticks a knife in his hand, but the blood runs cold in his veins, and he can not write. Mephistopheles brings a brazier, Faust’s blood warms, and he writes a will, but here on his arm appears the inscription “Homo, fuge” (“Man, be saved”); Faust does not pay attention to it. To entertain Faust, Mephistopheles leads the devils, who give Faust crowns, rich clothes and dance before him, then move away. Faustus asks Mephistopheles about hell. Mephistopheles explains: “One place hell is not limited, There are no limits to him; where we are, there is hell; And where there is hell, we must eternally be. “Faust does not believe: Mephistopheles talks to him, walks the earth – and all this is hell? Such hell is not terrible to Faust, he asks Mephistopheles to give him as his wife the most beautiful girl in Germany. to him the devil in a female guise. Marriage is not for Faust, Mephistopheles proposes to bring him the most beautiful courtesans every morning. It gives Faust a book where everything is written: how to obtain wealth, and how to evoke spirits, it describes the location and movement planets and lists all the plants and herbs. Mephistopheles leads him to the devil in a female guise. Marriage is not for Faust, Mephistopheles offers every morning to bring him the most beautiful courtesans. He gives the book to Faust, where everything is written: and how to obtain wealth, and how to evoke spirits, it describes the location and motion of the planets and lists all the plants and herbs. Mephistopheles leads him to the devil in a female guise. Marriage is not for Faust, Mephistopheles offers every morning to bring him the most beautiful courtesans. He gives the book to Faust, where everything is written: and how to obtain wealth, and how to evoke spirits, it describes the location and motion of the planets and lists all the plants and herbs.
Faust curses Mephistopheles for depriving him of his heavenly joys. A kind angel advises Faust to repent and rely on the mercy of the Lord. The evil angel says that God does not rock over such a great sinner, however, he is sure that Faust will not repent. Faust really does not have the heart to repent, and he starts a dispute with Mephistopheles about astrology, but when he asks who created the world, Mephistopheles does not respond and reminds Faust that he is cursed. “Christ, my redeemer, save my suffering soul!” exclaims Faust. Lucifer rebukes Faust because he breaks the word and thinks about Christ. Faust swears that it will not happen again. Lucifer shows Faust seven deadly sins in their true guise. Before him pass the Pride, Greed, Rage, Envy, Gluttony, Laziness, Deception. Faust wants to see hell and return again. Lucifer promises to show him hell, but while giving the book, so that Faust read it and learned to accept any image.
The chorus tells that Faust, wanting to learn the secrets of astronomy and geography, first goes to Rome to see the pope and take part in the celebrations in honor of St. Peter.
Faust and Mephistopheles in Rome. Mephistopheles makes Faust invisible, and Faust is amused by the fact that in the refectory, when the pope treats Cardinal Lotharingsky, snatches from his hands dishes with dishes and eats them. The Holy Fathers are in perplexity, the pope begins to be baptized, and when he is baptized for the third time, Faust gives him a slap in the face. Monks betray his curse.
Robin, the groom of the inn where Faustus stopped with Mephistopheles, steals a book from Faust. He and his friend Ralph want to learn how to do wonders on it and first steal the cup from the innkeeper, but Mephistopheles, whose spirit they inadvertently caused, interferes, they return the goblet and promise never to steal magic books again. As punishment for insolence, Mephistopheles promises to turn one of them into a monkey, and the other into a dog.
The choir tells that after visiting the monarch’s yards, Faust returned home after long wanderings through the sky and the earth. The glory of his learning reaches the emperor Charles the Fifth, and he invites him to his palace and surrounds him with honor.
The emperor asks Faust to show his art and summon the spirits of great men. He dreams of seeing Alexander the Great and asks Faust to have Alexander and his wife rebel from the grave. Faust explains that the bodies of long-deceased persons have turned to dust and he can not show them to the emperor, but he will summon spirits who will take the images of Alexander the Great and his wife, and the emperor will be able to see them in the color of the years. When the spirits appear, the emperor, to make sure of their authenticity, checks to see if Alexander’s wife has a mole on his neck, and, finding it, gets even more respect for Faust. One of the knights doubts the art of Faust, as a punishment on his head grow horns, which disappear only when the knight promises to be more respectful with scientists. The time released to Faustus is coming to an end.
A horse minnow buys a horse from Faust for forty coins, but Faust warns him not to go on it in any way. The horse-thief thinks that Faust wants to hide from him some rare quality of the horse, and first of all drives him into a deep pond. Hardly reached the middle of the pond, the hawk discovers that the horse has disappeared, and beneath it instead of a horse – an armful of hay. Miraculously not drowning, he comes to Faustus to demand his money back. Mephistopheles tells the young lady that
Faust is fast asleep. The hawker drags Faust by the leg and tears it off. Faust awakens, screams and sends Mephistopheles to the Constable. The mistress asks to release him and promises to pay forty more coins for this. Faust is satisfied: the foot is in place, and the extra forty coins will not hurt him. Faust is invited by the Duke of Anhalt. The Duchess asks to get her grapes in the middle of winter, and Faust immediately hands her a ripe bunch. Everyone is surprised at his art. The Duke generously rewards Faust. Faust works with students. At the end of the feast they ask him to show them Elena Troyan. Faust fulfills their request. When students leave, the Old Man comes, who tries to return Faust to the path of salvation, but without success. Faust wants the beautiful Elena to become his lover. On the orders of Mephistopheles, Elena appears before Faust, he kisses her.
Faust says goodbye to the students: he is on the verge of death and is condemned to burn forever in hell. Students advise him to remember God and ask for his condescension, but Faust understands that he does not have forgiveness, and tells the students how he sold the soul to the devil. The hour of reckoning is near. Faust asks students to pray for him. The students leave. Faust only had one hour to live. He dreams that the midnight would never come, that time would stop, that an eternal day would come, or at least not to come midnight and he would have time to repent and be saved. But the clock strikes, thunder roars, lightning flashes, and the devils lead away Faust.
The choir urges viewers to learn from the tragic fate of Faust and not to seek knowledge of the reserved spheres of science that seduce a person and teach him to do evil.