Paris is a character from Homer’s Iliad, who initiated the Trojan War by kidnapping the Greek beauty Helen, and who appears in Faust as a phantom after being summoned to the Emperor’s court by Faust himself. Living in a lesser culture than that of Classical Greece, no one in the Emperor’s court perceives Paris’s nobility and beauty. The men just criticize his effeminacy, and the women just sexualize him. After Paris’s phantom once again attempts to abduct Helen, Faust, who by now is deeply in love with her, touches Paris with a magical key and makes him vanish.
Paris Character Timeline in Faust
The timeline below shows where the character Paris appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: A Dark Gallery
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: Brightly Lit Rooms
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: Knight’s Hall
Part 2: Act 3: Before Menelaus’ Palace at Sparta