Faust was a great scholar and a man who continually seeks for more than he has. In a short summary, he sells his soul to the devil for power, lust and worldly things. As I read the novel, I realized that I have more in common than I care to have. I am not saying that I have sold my soul but I was made aware of two things: things things I put before God and the abundance that I have. Reading Faust and seeing this character choose things of a worldly nature caused a degree of self reflection about how I value my spiritual life and its up keep. How often have I chosen social media, physical appearance and other worldly desires and activities over God?
Faust had a great yearning for more than his secular knowledge. Being an individual who has taken part in the spiritual, I understand why Faust would yearn for more. Faust's yearning made me realize the abundant blessings i have. Though a cliche statement, I don't know who I would be or what I would have without the spiritual truths I have been given. Even so, would I sell my soul for more? Literature has a way of uplifting and making you feel differently but also has a way of illuminating the need for self-assessment and change.
Spiritual Literary Experiences:
- reading Wordsworth's "We are Seven" and his understanding of the next life
- writing literary blogposts on my personal blog
- Reading "Frankenstein" and feeling that all desire love and acceptance
- Helping my high school sister with her Shakespeare homework
- Watching "Phantom of the Opera" after having read the novel and having a literary conversation with a roommate about the tragic character of the Phantom
- Reading Tolkien's "Return of the King" and seeing that all people have a place and a purpose