Proteus is a shape-shifter who helps Homunculus ride out into the midst of the Aegean Sea, where the unnatural creature transcends his vial and reconciles himself to the natural world. Proteus represents, in contrast to Chiron, the complete integration of the intelligence and sensuous feeling, and so exemplifies Classical Greek culture for Goethe.
Proteus Character Timeline in Faust
The timeline below shows where the character Proteus appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Act 2: Classical Walpurgis Night: Rocky Inlets of the Aegean Sea