1 Act Isolated, plagued by death longings, the aging Faust cursed all that, what he had previously ignored: luck, patience, faith, knowledge, fame and love. But each time, if he puts on the lips the Gifttrank with which he wants to put an end to his life, he is held by the joyful and godly singing of the quantity that penetrates from the outside in the study, suicide. In desperation, Faust finally calls for Satan, who immediately appears to him in the guise of Méphistophélès. For the price of his soul, he promises him "the treasure which contains everything" - the vanished youth. Faust's initial hesitation to accept the Pact, overcomes Méphistophélès, allowing a vision see the beautiful Marguerite fist. Charmed by the wonderful sight, Faust signs the contract and turns into a young man.
2 Act At a fair, Méphistophélès draws all attention by he impressively sings about the power of money in the song of the golden calf. A little later he manages to irritate those two people who are close to Marguerite: Siébel, who secretly loves Marguerite and her brother concerned with you, the soldier Valentin. Fist even offered companions Marguerite, who also resides in the crowd, but summarily rejects them.
3 Act Marguerite is impressed with fist against her will and repeatedly reminded the stranger for them. As a result, Méphistophélès, who still draws the threads, easy game has. It can be a hidden treasure find Marguerite to awaken their vanity. In the garden of Marguerites, it comes to the next meeting between Faust and Marguerite, in which the two finally closer at the instigation of Méphistophélès '. Marthe, Marguerites neighbor is, meanwhile, deflected by Méphistophélès. By Faust's love confession is deeply congratulate Marguerite, rejects his request to stay with her overnight but for the time being. But as Faust are already away, she calls him back full of love.
4. Act Marguerite, who is shunned by their friends, yearns for Faust, who has apparently forever separated themselves from her. Only, Siébel attempted Marguerite Trost to donate. In desperation Marguerite turns to God in a church, to implore his forgiveness. But Méphistophélès interferes with their prayers. Finally able Méphistophélès even bring about a duel between Faust and Marguerites brother Valentin, where Valentine is mortally wounded.
5. Act Méphistophélès takes Faust to the Walpurgis night, where it is to be seduced by beautiful courtesans and Queens of the ancient world. However, Faust sees a vision of Marguerite, who has killed her child in mental confusion. At Faust's request, Méphistophélès leads him to Marguerite in prison. But it refuses with fist and to flee Méphistophélès, entrust themselves to God and thus save her soul.