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    Goethe & Vonnegut

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    Powerful Emotion (3) Anyone who reads The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe instantly feels the emotional intensity portrayed by Werther, the protagonist. His speculations about life are indeed unique, especially in modern times when life often goes by quickly without notice. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why his immense emotion strikes a chord with readers as coming from someone crazy or dangerous. Werther’s mental state seems incredibly alive at some times while seemingly

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    	Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who lived to the age of eighty-two and produced more than 130 volumes of poetry, plays, letters, and science, is acknowledged to be one of the giants of world literature. His writing ranged from fairy tales, to psychological novels, to political and historical novels, and to something completely unique and different such as Faust. 	Goethe was born shortly after the death of the Pope, on August 28, 1749 in Frankfurt am Main to a middle class family. His mother had

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    through the seventeenth century it had referred to any drama with an unhappy outcome. This recent change in meaning suggests that tragedy stands in the title not as a term to be taken for granted but as one to be questioned and defined by the play. Goethe proposes the genre of his play in the two prologues. At the end of the “Prelude on the Stage” the director calls upon his people to pace out in the ‘narrow’ stage, the whole circle of creation to move from heaven through the world to hell. This is

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    Goethe and his Faust

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    “From heaven through all the world to hell”-Goethe on the theme of his Faust Goethe Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born in 1749 to the well-to-do Johann Caspar Goethe and his wife Catharina Elizabeth Textor. He studied law in Leipzig from 1765 to 1768 and even briefly practised it, but his true passion was for literature. Coming from an affluent family, Goethe was free to devote himself to his literary pursuits. His interest in literature was kindled by a meeting with the famous German author, Johann

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    flourish, the two entities must complement one another in values, beliefs and needs. It may be perceived that through carefully constructed characterisation throughout his eighteenth century novel ‘The Sufferings of Young Werther’, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe holistically depicts the way in which the relationship between society and the individual can shape the individual, how the individual, having been rejected from society, can become a body of self destruction and the way in which relationships throughout

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    Death has been the consequent for the main characters in each of the first four novels read for the course. The protagonist in each of the first four novels; Werther, Rafael, Ivan Ilyich, and K., respectively; met their demise on the final page of their respective novels. All four directly or indirectly were the cause of their painful demise. Werther chose suicide over conforming to the ways of adulthood, and moving further away from nature. Rafael chose to live a life of possessions, and in turn

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Faust

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the brilliant mind behind the 17th century’s epic poem “Faust”, illustrates a combining structure of desire and self-indulgence. His idea was to capture the ideal image of good vs. evil and how easily it can be misconstrued. “Of all the great dualities of hum an experience 'good and evil' have been the most instrumental in shaping the beliefs, rituals, and laws, of Homo Sapiens.”(Argano) As a resourceful poet and artiste during the Enlightenment Age; Goethe’s poetry debates

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    In the play "Faust" by Johann Goethe, Gretchen's character envelops extreme aspects of Virgin Mary and of Eve. Mary acts as the symbol of the mother of mankind, the pure woman who makes men's salvation possible. She has no evil in her at all. In contrast, Eve is the archetypal figure of the fallen woman, the cause of man's suffering and damnation. She symbolizes death, destruction, and human depravity. Eve is the antithesis of Mary; together the two archetypes correspond to the two sides of Gretchen's

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    Enlightenment Salon: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile European writers and thinkers of modern times but it is difficult to label him as a philosopher. He was not a philosopher like his contemporaries, “builder[s] of self-grounding systems of thought”, but a man reminiscent of the classical and renaissance philosophers (Schweitzer, 1949). He was man of great learning and wisdom and one of the greatest influential figures

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in 28 August 1749 in Frankfurt on the Main and died in 22 March 1832 in Weimar. He counts as the top German poet and was the most famous agent of this literary current. Goethe’s works include poems, dramas, but also natural science. They range from poems to plays and short tales to novels, but one of his most popular forms of artistic expression was the ballad. By publishing the Roman “Die Leiden des jungen Werthers” (the Sorrows of Young Werther), he became popular

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