The Sorrows of Young Werther Essays
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‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’ is a novel from the German Sturm und Drang and one of the most popular novels in the world history. It’s an epistolary novel composed out of letters divided into two parts. The letters are from Werther to his friend Wilhelm in whom he seeks support. Mostly the book contains Werther’s letters so we get the impression like we’re reading a diary and Wilhelm’s answers can be anticipated out of Werther’s letters. Wilhelm tries to...
Werther is a young, educated, middle-class gentleman setting out to earn a living and make his mark on the world. His family expects him to get a job, and his friend, Wilhelm, networks with his contacts to find opportunities in government service. Werther nurtures a desire to be an artist, a pastime that doesn’t pay the bills but suits his keen powers of observation and imagination. Werther leaves home in the spring of 1771 and writes letters to Wilhelm over...
The Sorrows of Young Werther is mostly made up of a series of letters that Werther, the title character, sends to his friend Wilhelm. In these letters, Werther shares his artistic endeavors and his philosophies on life. For example, Werther believes that feeling deep emotions is the best way to experience life. He also believes in being artsy and creating rather than being bogged down by an industrial job that he doesn’t want. In fact, Werther moves to a small...