Margarete’s brother and a soldier, Valentine is outraged by the knowledge that his sister has compromised her honor by taking on a secret lover (Faust). Outside of his mother and sister’s house, he challenges Faust to a duel, but with Mephistopheles’s magical aid Faust mortally wounds the soldier. Before he dies, Valentine tells his sister that she might as well become a whore. He wishes he could kill her himself, and tells her that in her dishonor she gave his heart the fatal blow.
Valentine Character Timeline in Faust
The timeline below shows where the character Valentine appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Night
Part 1: Cathedral
...fallen Gretchen. Her Evil Spirit torments her with memories of innocence. It reminds her of Valentine’s death, his blood shed because of her sins, as well as of her mother’s death... (full context)
Part 1: Walpurgis Night