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Thread: Faustian themes in Berserk

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    MangaHelper MH中毒 / MH Chuudoku / MH Addicted Josef K.'s Avatar
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    Faustian themes in Berserk

    Going by the famous tragedy of Goethe, where the character strikes a deal with the devil, it really reminds of Berserk and how the concept of the God Hand is really similar to this, specifically how Griffith also became one. Do you think Miura was inspired by Faust to do such a thing with his manga, and can we expect more Faustian themes in Berserk?

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    Registered User 上級員 / Jyoukuuin / Sr. Member Aazholh's Avatar
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    Re: Faustian themes in Berserk

    Faust makes a deal with the Devil in order to accomplish good, however this is a set-up between an angel and the Devil to see whether Faust can be corrupted.

    The apostles makes a deal with the godhand (which I guess could be a liaisons for the devil) for their power.

    Where Faust was redeemed in the end, I don't think any of the apostles are truly redeemable as they've lost a part of their humanity to become what they are.
    "You see, I am a colossal pervert. No form of sexual depravity is too low for me. Animal, vegetable or mineral - I'll do anything to anything!" - Bishop of Bath and Wells (circa 1563)

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    Re: Faustian themes in Berserk

    It reminds me more of The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Griffith really picks up the Prince Charming Theme -
    becoming a toy of higher powers due to his own desires.
    (and his look goes along so well too if only he had golden hair)

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    Faust makes a deal with the Devil in order to accomplish good
    that's why i think you got this wrong. He does it to gain
    knowledge and experiance sensations he weren't able to
    accomplish during his life despite his struggles note this line
    "Da steh ich nun, ich armer Tor, und bin so klug als wie zuvor"
    meaning his years of study didn't help him to gain any (for him)
    significant knowledge.

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