Portland State College. Department of Foreign Languages
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in German
World Languages and Literatures
Johann Heinrich Merck -- 1741-1791 -- Criticism and interpretation, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -- 1749-1832 -- Faust
1 online resource (ii, 153 pages)
Johann Heinrich Merck’s life and works, his novelettes, short stories, fables, essays, critical reviews and letters lend themselves to a recognition of parallels between him and Goethe's Mephistopheles - parallels in attitudes and viewpoints, parallels in manners of expression and of handling other people, parallels in their perception of the world around them, and even parallels in their fate. One looks in vain, however, for a serious comparison of these two figures, even though it is well known that many people believe Merck served as the model for Goethe's Mephistopheles. Literary historians and interpreters have discussed the pro and cons of this theory, but no one has yet made a detailed comparison. This thesis [written in German] attempts to fill this void.
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Slawson, Richard M., "Mephistopheles - Merck; ein Vergleich" (1966). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 429.