Originally Posted by beppe
Faust role is given to Pontius Pilatus, extraneous to the action but central and essential to the story.
Maybe not only to him. Also Homeless and the Master are striving toward ... toward something different from Faust.
Homeless and Master are redeemed to peace, so is PP.
The idea that Bulgakov fragments the Faust transposition in different characters does not disturb me. On the contrary. Goethe wrote it in a very different cultural contest from the one of Goethe, where the most coveted ideal was understanding and knowledge and the unity of theme and character was still central.
Bulgakov's times were marked by the dissolution of unity. They were the times of cubism, of futurism, just to mention one cultural movement that in Russia found great development. I find it natural that an elegant author like Bulgakov, immersed and protagonist of the culture of his times might use a sophisticated and surreal approach.