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Analysis of Light Metaphors in Goethe's Faust

Title: An Analysis of Light Metaphors in Goethe's Faust.
Name(s): Childs, Matthew Robert, author
Weber, Christian, professor directing thesis
Maier-Katkin, Birgit, 1962-, committee member
Weber, Alina Dana, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (67 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This paper examines a series of light metaphors in Goethe's Faust. The purpose is to display a connection between each light metaphor and major developments in Faust's character, namely his development from a restless scholar imprisoned in his study to a blind man shortly before his death. The order in which the light metaphors are introduced is not chronological; rather they follow a thematic sequence from night to day to night. The purpose of this particular progression is to show more clearly Faust's movement from one mindset to the next. The order, moonlight to rising sun to rainbow to setting sun to inner light, reinforces much of what is claimed in this paper's main argument. I assert that a series of light metaphors are connected to Faust as the subjective extensions and expressions of his thoughts about the nature of knowledge and man's place in relation to the Absolute in the wake of series of trials and tribulations. Furthermore, I argue that these light metaphors, when connected thematically as opposed to chronologically, trace the cyclical nature of Faust's, and possibly man's, intellectual enterprise. This thesis combines my own interpretation of the main text with those of other major scholars in the field in order to best argue my points. In the end it will be shown that the various light metaphors are connected to Faust's personal development and display the perennial disposition of human activity as he searches for truth and knowledge in a world of uncertainty.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9569 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: May 27, 2015.
Keywords: Faust, Goethe, Light, Metaphors
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Christian Weber, Professor Directing Thesis; Birgit Maier-Katkin, Committee Member; A. Dana Weber, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Germanic literature
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Owner Institution: FSU

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