The them would have on the target audience.

The two author’s Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Christopher
Marlowe have overlapping versions of the famous Faust legend.  All two of
the main characters are men that seek to their human capabilities in gaining
access to more knowledge. There are key differences in each version, which
demonstrates the purpose of each version or, the impact each of them would have
on the target audience. Both of these stories are similar and different in
many ways. It can be seen within the characters in each story. Marlowe and
Goethe are authors that bring out two interesting perspectives in the stories.
            The earliest one, Marlowe’s version
of Doctor Faustus has the most similarities to Goethe’s Faust, which
I have been focusing on. Marlowe’s version involves the good Angel and bad Angel
at crucial moments in the story. They are both available when Faust considers
the pursuit of magic. They appear when Faust gives over his life to the Devil,
and at the end of the play when Faustus is about to be taken to hell.

 With the Good Angels, there are much more chances in the play for Faust
to repent and choose God over evil. The purpose of Marlowe’s Dr.

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Faustus is straightforward and to the point- it serves as a lesson to
the target audience about the consequences of trying to overcome the limits of
human ability. 
             Goethe’s Faust is more
complex than Marlowe’s story. One of the big differences in his play is the
opening scene with the wager between God and Mephistopheles.  Its for
Faust to make his own choices when he is tempted or influenced by
Mephistopheles- he has no outside interference or guidance that persuades him
to make the right choice. Unlike Dr. Faustus in Marlowe’s story who does magic
and hurts many people under Mephistopheles, Faust’s deals with Mephistopheles
only hurts one other person, which is Gretchen. Gretchen’s negative fall is
caused by Faust’s pursuit of her love makes it look like the negative impact
his deal had just as well as Dr. Faustus doing harmful things to many people in
Marlowe’s story. What makes Goethe’s story of the Faust legend so complicated is
Gretchen’s action of drowning her child.  This aspect of the play involves
questioning her morality and engraves a reaction within the audiences and
readers.

Furthermore, Faustus, the protagonist,
has many interesting characteristics that are portrayed and seen throughout
this play/book. Christopher Marlowe really gets in depth with the character and
I feel like he tries getting many aspects out of Faustus without really
realizing. Faustus was born into a low class family in Wittenberg. There was
nothing special about his life in the beginning and I guess that was maybe one
of his reasons for doing what he does later on. Even though he was not wealthy,
Faustus was not an uneducated person; he was a very smart man and used that to
his advantage. When he reached a certain age he was trying to find his passion
and what he is great at doing. For example in Dr. Faustus, he tried to get into philosophy, medicine, theology,
or law, but it just was not working out. He thought those studies were useless
until he found his passion. Believe it or not, it was magic. And with Faustus
turning to magic, he becomes a person that can be seen in today’s world.