Faust

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The Manager, along with the Dramatic Poet and Player of Comic Roles, is staging a production of Faust for a German theater in the “Prelude on the Stage” scene. He advocates presenting plays with lots of action and variety, as well as elaborate scenes and special effects, the better to sell tickets to all kinds of theatergoers. He represents the pragmatic, populist perspective on art: distributing, selling, and entertaining.

The Manager Quotes in Faust

The Faust quotes below are all either spoken by The Manager or refer to The Manager. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Princeton University Press edition of Faust published in 2014.
Prelude in the Theater Quotes

So now upon our modest stage act out
creation in its every aspect,
and move with all deliberate haste
from heaven, through the world, to hell!

Related Characters: The Manager (speaker)
Page Number: 239-242
Explanation and Analysis:

The Stage Manager now prepares to begin the play. The Manager knows that the Poet has planned out a great, epic saga, in which the characters will travel between heaven and hell. To prepare the audience for what's to come, perhaps, the Manager talks about the stage sets his production will use: sets that imitate heaven and hell, perhaps, but don't replicate them perfectly.

It's a mark of the radical nature of Goethe's poem that he felt the need to insert a prologue of this kind: the play was neither comedy nor drama, and was far more ambitious than anything the German theatergoer of the era would have been used to seeing. The passage also reinforces one of Goethe's key ideas: the poem is a fictional world, designed to imitate and in some ways enhance the qualities of the real world. The sets onstage might be flimsier than the real world, it's true, but the characters will speak in heightened language, increasing the drama of the poem. In such a way, the poem will mimic and yet also go beyond the limits of reality.

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The Manager Character Timeline in Faust

The timeline below shows where the character The Manager appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prelude in the Theater
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
Parts, Wholes, and Limits Theme Icon
In a German theater, the Manager, the Dramatic Poet, and the Player of Comic Roles are preparing a production of Faust.... (full context)
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
Parts, Wholes, and Limits Theme Icon
The Manager reminds the Dramatic Poet that their audience will be expecting lots of action and variety.... (full context)
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
Parts, Wholes, and Limits Theme Icon
The Manager assures the Dramatic Poet that his feelings aren’t hurt by such accusations. Somebody who wants... (full context)
Reason and Passion Theme Icon
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
Parts, Wholes, and Limits Theme Icon
Intellectualism and the Value of Words Theme Icon
The Dramatic Poet becomes indignant. He tells the Manager to hire someone else if he expects him to forfeit his fundamental human right to... (full context)
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
Parts, Wholes, and Limits Theme Icon
...and feel boundless joy, only for misery to ensue: good material for a novel. The Manager even instructs the Dramatic Poet to make his play just like this, out of common... (full context)
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
...on to say that it’s up to old gentleman like the Dramatic Poet and the Manager to set their own goals and approach them at their own pace, and suggests that... (full context)
The Human Desire for Meaning and Transcendence Theme Icon
Pleasure and Love Theme Icon
Parts, Wholes, and Limits Theme Icon
The Manager is growing restless: it’s time to get to work. He says that the company needs... (full context)