"the Faust myth is archetypal"
A playbill for a theatrical version of the Faust story
Public DomainA playbill for a theatrical version of the Faust story

In the European folktale, Dr Faust or Faustus sells his soul to a devil for either knowledge beyond the scope of mortal man, or worldly success.  After the time agreed in this bargain has passed, the devil claims his prize and drags Faust down to hell.