The Sorrows of Young Werther Essays

  • Sorrows Of Young Werther

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    WERTHER AND SELF DECEPTION Romanticism was deeply interested in creating art and literature of suffering, pain and self-pity. With poets pining for a love long gone and dead and authors falling for unavailable people, it appears that romantics in literature were primarily concerned with self-injury and delusion. In Goethe's novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther", we find another romantic character fulfilling his tragic destiny by falling victim to extreme self-deception. Werther's story may appear

  • The Sorrows of Young Werther

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    The Sorrows of Young Werther, beautifully captures the spirit of the birth of romanticism in Germany. Beauty being essential to the romantics, Kant defined it as “purposefulness without purpose”. Goethe had this same idea when writing, in that aesthetic judgment is different than subjective or cognitive judgment. These aesthetic judgments are concerned with experiencing an object as designed for the emotion they can invoke, not for any particular intention. In his drawings and in The Sorrows of Young

  • The Sorrows of Young Werther

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    In The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Lotte has been seen as responsible for Werther’s fate. There are many ways through which Lotte’s behavior around Werther fuels his romantic obsession with her. Lotte continuously shows inappropriate affections towards Werther throughout the novel. Examples which show her affection for him are dancing the Waltz, the gift of the pink ribbon, and the bird beak kissing incident. Lotte leads Werther to believe she loves him by touching his

  • Werther as the Prototypical Romantic in Sorrows of Young Werther

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    Werther as the Prototypical Romantic in Sorrows of Young Werther In Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther, the protagonist's characteristics and ideas define him as the prototypical romantic personality.  The Romantic Movement emphasizes emotion over reason, an idea that Werther emulates throughout his life.  Werther loves pastoral settings; in nature, he feels most in touch with his emotions.  He rejects rationality and complexity with the sentiment that life is an adventure to be guided by intuition

  • Analyzing The Song 'The Sorrows Of Young Werther'

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    Phoebe Rankin - Professor Wilson - MUS 120 - 23 March 2014 -Werther by Massenet: A Live from the MET broadcast - Mar 15 10:55 a.m. - Cinemark Carefree W 3305 Cinema Point Directed by Richard Eyre, Massenet’s rendition of Werther from the New York Metropolitan Opera stands to impress with a rivetingly emotional and effervescent performance. An adaption of Goethe’s tragedy The Sorrows of Young Werther, the lyric drama tells the story of a love struck and conflicted

  • Sorrow Of Young Werther by Goethe

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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, his

  • Voltaire's Candide and Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther

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    Voltaire's Candide and Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther In the literary `movements' of neo-classicism and romanticism, Voltaire's Candide and Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther represent the literary age in which they were written. In the following composition, textual evidence will be provided to demonstrate how each book accurately represents either the neo-classicism age or the romanticism age. Candide and The Sorrows of Young Werther will be examined separately, and then examined together

  • Frankenstein and the Sorrows of Young Werther, Mary Shelley

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    The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the literary texts interwoven in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. It talks of a story about a girl Lotte and a boy named Werther. The two fell in love although the girl was already engaged to an older man Abert. When Lotte marries the older man, Werther commits suicide because of rejection. The creature in Frankenstein finds this book and teaches himself to read from it. Shelley makes a reference to the novel The Sorrows of the

  • Commonalities Between The Sorrows of Young Werther and Romeo and Juliet

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    The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe and the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare are two stories that perfectly portray love and death, also known as Liebestod. Their heroes Romeo and Werther have a lot in common other than taking their own lives in the name of love and damning their souls. They share same reactions to similar situation and idolize their beloved. At the beginning of the stories Romeo and Werther are shown to have a likeness for solitude. Romeo's mother says Romeo

  • The Importance Of Romanticism In The Novel The Sorrows Of The Young Werther?

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    era. It was the most powerful weapon in the history with the major impacts, too. The stories which romanticise the certain behaviours made them widely accepted and adopted by the people such as Goethe’s autobiographical novel, The Sorrows of the Young Werther. The young men began to imitate the main character, wear yellow pants and blue jackets as him and the majority of these men ended up with the copycat suicide called Werther’s effect after it was published in the 1770s. While the fiction context’s

  • Death and Freedom in Sorrows of a Young Werther and Crime and Punishment

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    Death and Freedom in Sorrows of a Young Werther and Crime and Punishment The relationship between death and freedom is a common thread throughout Sorrows of a Young Werther by Goethe and Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. The relationship illustrated in both works is that one cannot achieve true freedom until they are dead. Until death, Werther and Raskolnikov will always feel the restrictions that society places upon them. Werther feels restricted due to the unrequited love of Lotte and Raskolnikov

  • Sorrows of a Young Werther, by Johann Wolgang von Goethe

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    behavioral problems to attachment issues. In Sorrows of a Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the relationship between the main character, Werther, and his mother is strained at best. The instability of their relationship prompts Werther to look outside his family for the emotional, fulfilling bonds he desires. Lotte, along with her siblings, provides Werther with a picture of the idyllic family he has dreamed of having, but, at the end of the novel, Werther is forced to learn that the ideal can

  • Character Analysis of Wolfgang von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther

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    Character Analysis of Wolfgang von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther The purpose of this papers it to give general information about the author, Wolfgang von Goethe, and introduce as well as analyze the main character of one of his most influential works: The Sorrows of Young Werther. The protagonist of this series of confessional letters, Werther, is in fact a tragic figure who committed suicide as a result of his loneliness and critical approach to society, as well as his obsession for a

  • Myth of the 'Noble Savage' Illustrated in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther

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    commentary through the actions and development of various characters. Two such novels are Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. In both novels, Shelly and Goethe demonstrate strong Romantic ideals, while developing various characters using Rousseau’s myth. Shelly’s Frankenstein follows a young doctor, Victor Frankenstein, who sets out to engineer a working humanlike being. Throughout the novel, Shelly uses characterization of both Victor, as well

  • The Werther Effect Essay

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    wrote the book The Sorrows of Young Werther, a book that by all accounts was The Catcher in the Rye of its generation. It was banned because it was said to have influenced thousands across Europe to commit a form of copy-cat suicide. Copy-cat suicide is when one person commits a form of suicide that they learned from either local knowledge or accounts of the suicide in the news and other forms of media. This paper will analyze Goethe's influence on what we now know as “The Werther Effect” and its prevalence

  • Romeo and Werther: Crazy In Love

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    Goethe’s book The Sorrows of Young Werther is an important novel of the Sturm und Drang movement which is promoting the Romantic’s philosophy in Germany. The play and the novel, both feature a male protagonist. The resemblance does not stop there. Exploring their similar characteristic one can say they both fall in love at first sight, they both idealized their beloved one, isolated themselves from their families and damn their souls. First deep remark one can make about what Werther and Romeo has in

  • The Sufferings of Young Werther: a Middle-class Novel?

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's novel, The Sufferings of Young Werther portrays a young man coming to terms with his position in society, his views on life, and more importantly, his affections for Lötte. In reading the novel, and trying to reach a greater understanding of its meanings, it is important to distinguish that this is a middle-class novel, dealing with a young middle-class man in late eighteenth century Germany. Though the novel is middle-class in substance, it should be noted that it

  • 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

  • Misguided Gothic Authors

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    Misguided Gothic Authors In many ways the fascination with the gothic style of art, represented by music, literature, film, and others, is nothing more than a way for the observer to escape from real life and its many responsibilities. Gothic art claims to be profound and contain great esoteric meaning with life changing impact, yet the characters and the message are more often weak, unproductive, crippled, or even mad. Examples of this flaw in the argument in favor of the gothic imagination

  • Falling into Insanity

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    characters. Are we the only ones? Or do the characters actually analyze their own thoughts and actions as we do? In Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, the protagonist, Werther, tells the story of his love for Lotte and the ensuing hardships through letters to his friend and confidante, Wilhelm. Through various situations and excerpts from his letters, we see Werther simply gliding through life, not pondering the motivations for his thoughts and actions, or even questioning his own state-of-mind;