Faust

Faust

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Euphorion Character Analysis

The son of Faust and Helen, Euphorion is a beautiful, brilliant boy, a pure figure bathed in light. Euphorion represents the union of Faust’s striving, Romantic culture and Helen’s harmonious Classical Greek culture—but the boy has, tragically, inherited too much of his father’s ambitions to transcend natural limits. Euphorion chases a radiant chorus girl into the sky and falls to his death, marking the failure of the modern world to successfully integrate its Greek model. Goethe modeled this character on an English poet he admired, Lord Byron, who died fighting in the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832).
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Euphorion Character Timeline in Faust

The timeline below shows where the character Euphorion appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Act 3: A Shaded Grove
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The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
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...have together just conceived and brought into the world a brilliant boy (later identified as Euphorion), a true genius who not only can already walk and talk, but who can bounce... (full context)
Reason and Passion Theme Icon
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
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Parts, Wholes, and Limits Theme Icon
Faust, Helen, and Euphorion enter. Euphorion says that to see him dance makes his parents’ hearts dance, and his... (full context)
Reason and Passion Theme Icon
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
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Euphorion singles out the wildest girl in the chorus and catches her, only for her to... (full context)
Reason and Passion Theme Icon
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
Euphorion flings himself into the air, radiant, sustained a moment by his garments, but then he... (full context)