Goethe's Faust is recognized as one of the a greatest works of Western literature.
In the story Faust is looking for the essence of life (was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält). However, learning and the limits of his knowledge frustrate him intensely. In his zealous yearnings he attracts the Devil (Mephistopheles), who agrees to help Faust reach the ultimate human happiness, afte which Mephistopheles will take his soul. Faust is pleased with the deal, as he thinks the ultimate will never be reached.