The Emperor is young, pleasure-loving, and surrounded in his court by fools, fakes, and flatterers. He impulsively welcomes short-term solutions to problems that threaten to ruin his realm, like printing paper money at Faust’s suggestion, but such solutions tend to cause more problems than they resolve. After the circulation of paper money creates a false sense of prosperity in the empire, the Emperor himself neglects his responsibilities, choosing instead to lead a dissolute life of drinking and reveling.
The Emperor Quotes in Faust
The Faust quotes below are all either spoken by The Emperor or refer to The Emperor. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Princeton University Press edition of Faust published in 2014.).
Part 2: Act 1: The Throne Room Quotes
Nature and intellect are not words said to Christians.
Because such language is so dangerous
the atheist is executed at the stake.
Nature is sin, and Intellect the devil;
hermaphroditic Doubt their child
which they foster together.
The Emperor Character Timeline in Faust
The timeline below shows where the character The Emperor appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: The Throne Room
...Mercenaries are demanding payment, and imperial realms are falling into chaos. A treasurer informs the Emperor of paralyzing economic difficulties. Even the Emperor’s steward says that the palace is running low... (full context)
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: The Great Hall
...messenger) says that, unlike traditional German festivals—which are full of morbidity, dancing fools, and demons—the Emperor’s will be a more cheerful entertainment, in the Italian fashion. He concludes that Mankind always... (full context)
...leader Pan, a horned and goat-legged Greek god of flocks and herds—but this actually the Emperor in disguise as Pan. Dance-loving fauns and materialistic, earth-mining gnomes enter also, along with hearty... (full context)
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: A Garden
It is the morning after the Masquerade. Soberly dressed and kneeling before the Emperor and his courtiers are Faust and Mephistopheles, the former begging forgiveness for disguising himself as... (full context)
...that they’re substantiated by the unimaginable wealth buried in the soils of the empire. The Emperor is persuaded. He thanks the magician and the devil for their service, and appoints them... (full context)
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: A Dark Gallery
...Mephistopheles enter a dark gallery in the palace. The magician tells the devil that the Emperor is demanding that he summon Helen of Troy and Paris (Helen’s lover in Greek mythology)... (full context)
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: Brightly Lit Rooms
Part 2: Act 1: An Imperial Palace: Knight’s Hall
Part 2: Act 4: High Mountains
...then they hear the sound of distant drums and warlike music. Mephistopheles explains that the Emperor is at war. The false riches Faust created for him by printing paper money led... (full context)
...armies in the valley below. The devil says that with his and Faust’s aid the Emperor’s victory is certain, for the empty make-believe of magic provides the stratagems that win all... (full context)
Part 2: Act 4: On a Foothill
Assisted by the Three Mighty Men and empty suits of armor that Mephistopheles animated, the Emperor’s army fights the rebels. However, after two ravens conference with the devil, he informs the... (full context)
Part 2: Act 4: The Anti-Emperor’s Tent