Months have passed since Faust fell into his hellish dream, and in the meantime, Gretchen has borne their illegitimate child, killed the child to avoid becoming a societal outcast, and been arrested and sentenced to death.
In answer, Faust states his tolerance for the beliefs of other people, despite his contempt for conventional religion and orthodox theology.
In order to accurately assess this question, we must analyze the words and actions of Mephistopheles, Faust, and Gretchen herself.
Goethe finished writing Faust, Part Two in 1831; it was the following year.
Gretchen discovers she is pregnant.
The 1808 publication was followed by the revised 1828—1829 edition, which was the last to be edited by Goethe himself.
He finished writing the play in December 1878 but did not agree with Neville on many production details, including which set and costume designers to use and some of the casting decisions.
The demon Mephistopheles makes a bet with God: he says that he can lure God's favourite human being Faust , who is striving to learn everything that can be known, away from righteous pursuits.