Faust II has generally been seen as concerned with wisdom, rather that Faust I’s focus on the acquisition of sensual knowledge of the natural world.

Faust II has generally been seen as concerned with wisdom, rather that Faust I’s focus on the acquisition of sensual knowledge of the natural world. However, the acquisition of wisdom is difficult and it is not clear just how much Goethe guides us in understanding what wisdom is. Jacob Burckhardt instructed a student in how to read Faust: “What you are destined to discover in Faust, you will have to discover intuitively. Faust is a genuine myth, i.e. a great primordial image, in which every many has to discover his own being and destiny in his own way.” Do you find that you are drawn to particular images, images that you can identify with? Choose one or two images that are relevant to Faust himself and that you also find some connection with and make an argument about how they provide a model for the development of wisdom, both for Faust and for an audience member.