The Sorrows of Young Werther

The Sorrows of Young Werther❴Ebook❵ ➩ The Sorrows of Young Werther Author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Bluevapours.co.uk This is Goethe s first novel, published in Written in diary form, it tells the tale of an unhappy, passionate young man hopelessly in love with Charlotte, the wife of a friend a man who he alternatel of Young PDF º This is Goethe s first novel, published inWritten in diary form, it tells the tale of an unhappy, passionate young man hopelessly in love with Charlotte, the wife of a friend a man who he alternately admires and detests The Sorrows of Young Werther became an important part of the Sturm und Drang movement, and greatly influenced later Romanticism The work is semi autobiographical in , two years before the novel was published, Goethe had passed through a similar tempestuous The Sorrows eBook ´ period, when he lost his heart to Charlotte Buff, who was at that time engaged to his friend Johann Christian Kestner.

of Young PDF º Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer George Eliot called him Germany s greatest man of letters and the last true polymath to walk the earth Goethe s works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science Goethe s magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two part drama Faust Goethe s other well known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship and the epistolary The Sorrows eBook ´ novel The Sorrows of Young WertherGoethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of Weimar Classicism in the late th and early th centuries this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sentimentality Empfindsamkeit , Sturm und Drang, and Romanticism The author of the scientific text Theory of Colours, he influenced Darwin with his focus on plant morphology He also long served as the Privy Councilor Geheimrat of the duchy of WeimarGoethe is the originator of the concept of Sorrows of Young PDF/EPUB À Weltliteratur world literature , having taken great interest in the literatures of England, France, Italy, classical Greece, Persia, Arabic literature, amongst others His influence on German philosophy is virtually immeasurable, having major impact especially on the generation of Hegel and Schelling, although Goethe himself expressly and decidedly refrained from practicing philosophy in the rarefied senseGoethe s influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a major source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry and philosophy Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture as well Early in his career, however, he wondered whether painting might not be his true vocation late in his life, he expressed the expectation that he would ultimately be remembered above all for his work in optics.

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    iOS for the iPad is the biggest iOS release ever Sturm und Drang movement, and greatly influenced later Romanticism The work is semi autobiographical in , two years before the novel was published, Goethe had passed through a similar tempestuous The Sorrows eBook ´ period, when he lost his heart to Charlotte Buff, who was at that time engaged to his friend Johann Christian Kestner."/>
  • Paperback
  • 149 pages
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • English
  • 22 December 2019
  • 0812969901

10 thoughts on “The Sorrows of Young Werther

  1. Hans says:

    This is s dangerous book For anyone who has suffered from that unrequited love that burns like a fever will be able to relate uncannily well with this book Unfortunately the ending is such that it inspired many people to use it like a template for their own lives when faced with a similar situation While finishing up this book I wondered whether Goethe was ever aware or thought about the painful actions his book inspired This is a fictionalized autobiography of Goethe s own experience of bei This is s dangerous book For anyone who has suffered from that unrequited love that burns like a fever will be able to relate uncannily well with this book Unfortunately the ending is such that it inspired many people to use it like a template for their own lives when faced with a similar situation While finishing up this book I wondered whether Goethe was ever aware or thought about the painful actions his book inspired This is a fictionalized autobiography of Goethe s own experience of being in love with a woman he could never have The experience was obviously very painful for him His writing style has powerful clarity that can easily pull you into the story causing you to ache with the main character and laugh at the same time To me this was an example of the dark side of romanticism The main character, Werther, was so obsessed and fixated on Charlotta the woman he loves that it was as if he wasn t even seeing her any What he was in love with was an idea, not actually her, he was in love with his own ideal of her This is the grand delusion that romantics feed themselves and they do it to such excess that their behavior seems pitiable I would only recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what obsession with another human being looks like This mindset is as unhealthy as attaining the object, and I say object because that is what the idealized Charlotta became, would likely only reveal his delusion Romanticism is an example of looking for a personal messiah in love Someone who we can pin all of our hopes and dreams on to pull us out of the human condition we find ourselves stuck in A quest for transcendence through the love of another But placing that responsibility on the shoulders of someone else will always disappoint and rightly so We can not give to another what only we can do for ourselves.I would only cautiously recommend this book Realists could handle it, but dreamers beware

  2. Emily May says:

    I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothingA lot of classic novels contain certain things that make us cringe a little today but The Sorrows of Young Werther is one that,than most, really hasn t aged well I do not know if some people consider this tragically romantic, but it is not my idea of romance Werther is a serious pest and borderline stalker He needs to let it go.In this story, Werther falls head oveI have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothingA lot of classic novels contain certain things that make us cringe a little today but The Sorrows of Young Werther is one that,than most, really hasn t aged well I do not know if some people consider this tragically romantic, but it is not my idea of romance Werther is a serious pest and borderline stalker He needs to let it go.In this story, Werther falls head over heels for the first pretty girl who wants to dance with him, obsesses over her, and continues to pursue her even after learning of her engagement to another man even after she openly refuses him He turns up at her house constantly He attempts to force kisses upon her We suffer through accounts of his sex dreams about her They re not called that, but that s basically what they are.The book is written as a series of letters to Werther s friend Wilhelm It s a tiny book, but it feels so much longer because these letters mostly consist of Werther s repetitive internal struggles Of course he believes he is the only person in the history of the world to feel like he does, and he repeatedly insists that Charlotte the object of his obsession secretly loves him, too, despite her protestations I can sympathise with the pain and angst of young love, even when it is wrapped up in a flowery, introspective package I liked Call Me By Your Name after all However, any sympathy I had for Werther quickly dissipated when he continued to harass both Lotte and her now husband, Albert I guess this is just an old example of predatory behaviour being excused because of passion, and men s emotions being perceived asimportant than the damage they do to the women they re directed at.It also romanticizes view spoiler suicide, as Werther eventually kills himself over the rejection by his beloved In fact, it apparently led to some of the first known copycat suicides in Europe hide spoiler And though the intellectuals smell blood when anyone dares to call a 300 year old classic boring , I m going to have to be philistine and say it It s also really boring.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

  3. Casey says:

    I couldn t help but imagine young Werther as a high school, tweeting about all his troubles to the ether So, without further ado, I present to you The Tweets of Young Werther.This is the kind of book that high school teachers should be making self absorbed teenagers read They can totally relate, both to the intense feelings of emotion and the complete conviction that no one in the world has ever felt the same way before I couldn t relate that well, because really Werther just needs to man up I couldn t help but imagine young Werther as a high school, tweeting about all his troubles to the ether So, without further ado, I present to you The Tweets of Young Werther.This is the kind of book that high school teachers should be making self absorbed teenagers read They can totally relate, both to the intense feelings of emotion and the complete conviction that no one in the world has ever felt the same way before I couldn t relate that well, because really Werther just needs to man up and bang someone else, but I still inexplicably liked this book Actually, my affection is explicable we re talking about Goethe, after all.I should really step away from photoshop and get back to work

  4. Eric says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Thackeray wrote this very glib verse synopsis of the tale Werther had a love for Charlotte Such as words could never utter Would you know how first he met her She was cutting bread and butter.Charlotte was a married lady, And a moral man was Werther,And, for all the wealth of Indies, Would do nothing for to hurt her.So he sighed and pined and ogled, And his passion boiled and bubbled,Till he blew his silly brains out, And nowas by it troubled.Charlotte, having seen his body Borne before h Thackeray wrote this very glib verse synopsis of the tale Werther had a love for Charlotte Such as words could never utter Would you know how first he met her She was cutting bread and butter.Charlotte was a married lady, And a moral man was Werther,And, for all the wealth of Indies, Would do nothing for to hurt her.So he sighed and pined and ogled, And his passion boiled and bubbled,Till he blew his silly brains out, And nowas by it troubled.Charlotte, having seen his body Borne before her on a shutter,Like a well conducted person, Went on cutting bread and butter

  5. Adina says:

    During the past 3 years I ve started to readclassic writers that I missed when I was younger That means most of them because I thought that dead writer bad writer, with the exception of Russian authors Some of these authors I was eager to read, some less Goethe is one of the latter ones, I knew he was important but it did not attract me at all I decided on The Sorrows of Young Werther as the introduction with the writer because it was short and in prose The small novel totally exceed During the past 3 years I ve started to readclassic writers that I missed when I was younger That means most of them because I thought that dead writer bad writer, with the exception of Russian authors Some of these authors I was eager to read, some less Goethe is one of the latter ones, I knew he was important but it did not attract me at all I decided on The Sorrows of Young Werther as the introduction with the writer because it was short and in prose The small novel totally exceeded my expectations and I gulped it in almost one go I was surprised that it was so readable although the subject wasn t too pleasing, hint the Sorrows from the title, and the epistolary format is not usually exciting The subject is not something out of the ordinary, the young artist falls in love with a woman who is promised to another man and his sorrows are expressed through letters to his friend However, I was touched by Werther s pain, although it was a bit too melodramatic at times, an obsession which cannot end well, as they usually don t I am excited that the first book of the year received maximum grades and I can t wait to see whatthe year brings

  6. Fionnuala says:

    It s taken me well over a year to get through the saga of Young Werther s love for his Lotte even though it s quite a short little book I plead mitigating circumstances I had no thought of reading this novel until I came across a pair of characters called Goethe and Lotte in Christine Brooke Rose s Textermination, and checked out their real life story The trail led to a fictional version of the same story in Young Werther I was tempted to try reading Young Werther in his own language so I bo It s taken me well over a year to get through the saga of Young Werther s love for his Lotte even though it s quite a short little book I plead mitigating circumstances I had no thought of reading this novel until I came across a pair of characters called Goethe and Lotte in Christine Brooke Rose s Textermination, and checked out their real life story The trail led to a fictional version of the same story in Young Werther I was tempted to try reading Young Werther in his own language so I bought a parallel text and set about deciphering Die Leiden while meanwhile continuing to decipher Brooke Rose s prose I love challenges Die Leiden is written mostly in the form of letters from Werther to his friend Wilhelm The first lines of the first letter had a lovely rhythm and were full of short and recognisable words Wie froh bin ich, da ich weg bin Bester Freund, was ist das Herz des Menchen How glad I am to have come away Best of friends, what the human heart is like I read a bit further, pleased with my efforts, until I came to a line about two sisters, one of whom Werther seemed to be involved with Or was he dallying with both at the same time, the young scamp I was confused and switched to the English version but somehow lost interest in Werther when he then began to dally with Lotte, who was already engaged, excusing himself thus I treat my heart like a sick child I let it have anything it wants. Fast forward to last week and a decision to clear my currently reading shelf with no further Zaudern und Zagen shilly shallying I picked up Werther again and this time his sorrows somehow suited me better Before I knew it, I was leafing through his letters, immer geschwinder faster and faster like water thundering through a gigantic gorge into a deep dark lake Werther, like many young people of the 1770s, was awed by the spectacle of nature and continually pondering man s punyness in relation to the landscape view spoiler Engraving of a cataract by Goethe hide spoiler When Werther is not being awed by glowing sunsets or wild storms, he is tormented by thoughts of his beloved Lotte who meantime has married her fianc When the blue frock coat and matching yellow waistcoat he was wearing the day he met her are finally worn out, he has another made exactly the same so that he can continue to be reminded of her He treasures ribbons and trinkets that she has touched and dreams of her constantly Such are the sorrows of young Werther view spoiler Goethe sees no alternative for Werther but to kill him off in the end, modelling his suicide on that of an aquaintance of his youth hide spoiler Goethe had a real Lotte in his life, Charlotte Buff, whom he met in 1772 when he was twenty three and she was nineteen and already engaged Apparently her fianc offered to stand down in favour of Goethe, but G remembered he had an urgent journey to make just about then and Lotte eventually married her fianc Goethe may have shared some of Werther s sorrows over Lotte but he quickly found comfort in the arms of another married lady there were a series of married ladies in his life, it seems Lotte went in search of him in Weimar many years later when they were both in their sixties and she a widow Her journey was not a success Thomas Mann wrote about this period in their lives in his novel Lotte in Weimar The Beloved Returns It might well have been called The Sorrows of Lotte

  7. Rowena says:

    I have been intoxicatedthan once, my passions have never been far off insanity Although I have some sympathy for unrequited love, it was hard for me to understand Werther My feelings toward him went back and forth between sympathy and frustration At times I admired his love, at other times I found it to be very obsessive Yes, he was sensitive and romantic, but the woman of his dreams did not lead him on in any way so I did find the way he behaved quite incomprehensible This was my f I have been intoxicatedthan once, my passions have never been far off insanity Although I have some sympathy for unrequited love, it was hard for me to understand Werther My feelings toward him went back and forth between sympathy and frustration At times I admired his love, at other times I found it to be very obsessive Yes, he was sensitive and romantic, but the woman of his dreams did not lead him on in any way so I did find the way he behaved quite incomprehensible This was my first Goethe and it won t be my last.I love how he writes, and I enjoyed his philosophical musings, and his meditations on life, love, religion, people, etc He made some interesting points although some of them did seem to come from an elitist s point of view

  8. Parthiban Sekar says:

    I would not be mistaken if I think that many of us would have just eschewed this book by just seeing the first few words of the title SORROW the very word instigates a sense of a confused horror in us Sorrow is one of the emotions which every great men cannot escape in their lives, as Dostoevsky says Sorrow brings a state of helplessness from which the unfortunate weak ones cannot free themselves Though the events of this story can be considered as unfortunate for our Werther but it can be I would not be mistaken if I think that many of us would have just eschewed this book by just seeing the first few words of the title SORROW the very word instigates a sense of a confused horror in us Sorrow is one of the emotions which every great men cannot escape in their lives, as Dostoevsky says Sorrow brings a state of helplessness from which the unfortunate weak ones cannot free themselves Though the events of this story can be considered as unfortunate for our Werther but it can be also accepted that Werther is not a weak one, at least in common sense.The mere idea of reading letters brings a happy amusement to most of us But what if those letters brim with sorrow Through this brilliant epistolary novel, Goethe makes us read the most compelling letters of sorrowful experience of Werther in his young age I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own Werther is not the one who despises living or humans but he is one of those great men who loves the simplicity of the common man a kind hearted man who weeps for the unfortunate of his fellow men, even for those who are unfamiliar to him He values everyone equally and respects everyone s emotions He even scorns at one s indifference and apathy But what befalls him later is something inexorable It s true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them Young Werther falls in love with irresistible Lotte But Lotte is to be married to Albert, another gentleman with whom Werther makes an in good terms friendship While the marriage between L and A seems to last, the friendship between W and A is enfeebled by the unconventional ideas of Werther Is this the destiny of man Is he only happy before he has acquired his reason or after he has lost it Love that all he needs and that is widely believed to conquer us and set us free from material contaminations, he felt, is purloined from his lady love Stricken with sorrow, he walks endlessly in search of himself, for which Sorrow also alienates individuals from the rest But wherever he goes, in some way or the other, the memory of his lady love wakes him up from his somber sojourn How can the bright figures and brilliant landscapes amuse a prisoner of life view spoiler I don t think that I really have to tell what might have happened to Werther There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide Albert CamusSuicide is something with which most of us disagree, without even weighing the events which might have burdened the victim to the extent to make him or her think that this is the only last resort one could hope for Does this story offer an alternate view on the subject I think, YES There is no argument of success or failure of Geothe s attempt on this subject but a compelling alternate view The suffering may be moral or physical and in my opinion it is just as absurd to call a man a coward who destroys himself, as to call a man a coward who dies of a malignant fever hide spoiler

  9. Renée says:

    Most beautiful book I ve ever read Goethe s style and prose is incredible I m not sure how well it translates to English, having read it in Dutch and German, but I m sure there are many competant translators out there Anyone who s not read this is really, really missing out as it s of an unequalled beauty.

  10. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    So far as I know, Goethe was the first writer or artist to become a Public Celebrity There had always been poets, painters and composers who were known to and revered by their fellow artists, but the general public, however much it may have admired their works, would not have dreamed of wishing to make their acquaintance But, during the last twenty years or so of Goethe s life, a visit to Weimar and an audience with the Great Man was an essential item in the itinerary of any cultivated young So far as I know, Goethe was the first writer or artist to become a Public Celebrity There had always been poets, painters and composers who were known to and revered by their fellow artists, but the general public, however much it may have admired their works, would not have dreamed of wishing to make their acquaintance But, during the last twenty years or so of Goethe s life, a visit to Weimar and an audience with the Great Man was an essential item in the itinerary of any cultivated young man making his Grand Tour of Europe The majority of these young men had only read one book by Goethe, the one he wrote when he was twenty four I can only imagine how delightful it would have been for the old boy to meet someone who had read hismature works and enjoyed themthan they did his passionate, overwrought novella titled The Sorrows of Young Werther From all accounts, it seems that Goethe was a good sport, indulging and tolerating these young men who were enad with the wrong book from his oeuvre Readers are generally split these days on whether they want to meet those writers who have inspired them I ve always been in the camp of meeting them, realizing they are hardly going to match my perceptions of them from reading their books Paul Theroux is brooding, egotistical, and rude I found it a brilliant persona for a book tour Peter Mayles is the other end of the spectrum as a charming, congenial, and a highly amusing man I do believe a few women in the back actually swooned Most writers fall somewhere in between You must understand that writers are just human beings, and as one writer confessed to me at the end of a long tour these are not the people I thought were reading my books It was the first time I realized that writers conjure up ideas of their readers just as readers conjure up ideas of who the writer should be The chance for mutual disappointment is always a possibility In many ways, the writer, once he she has given their book over to me, is no longer part of the process I will make of it what I will, and the writer s intentions no longer apply Goethe and his biographers mostly insist this book is not autobiographical They base this upon the fact that Goethe, in real life, did not fall into the deep abyss that Werther, after much distress, finds himself While reading the book, I found myself, during idle speculation times, frequently referring to Werther as Goethe, so it was impossible for me to separate the writer, in this case, from the novella He would rise up from the gutter of the book like a spectral ghost Goethe did have a doomed love affair as a young man, which spurred the writing of this book It must have been cathartic, putting Werther through his paces and experiencing many of the passion driven outcomes that Goethe in real life resisted I think the heroine, Lotte, sums up the situation with Werther very well Or is she speaking to Goethe or is Goethe speaking to himselfOh, why did you have to be born with this violent temper, this uncontrollable clinging passion for everything you touch Werther meets Charlotte when she is already engaged to Albert Werther falls head over heels in love with her, despite her obligations She is as intelligent as she is lovely and, in everyone s assessment, will make a wonderful wifefor Albert It is so muchconvenient when a rival is an odious bore, but Albert is actually someone who Werther can t help but respect and admire He treats Werther with respect, despite Werther s increasingly annoying declarations of love towards his fiancee Albert is actually very cultured and advanced in his thinking He seems to understand that Werther is suffering from some form of temporary insanity He is nearly achieving sainthood by the end of the novel I would have felt compelled to frog march Werther out of my house and bar him from ever returning long before the plot reaches its inevitable conclusion We learn of Werther s thoughts through letters to his friend Wilhelm We can tell by Werther s responses to Wilhelm s returning letters, which we are not privy to, that his friend is becomingandconcerned about the state of his friend s mind Albert expresses his concern as wellYou exaggerate everything, and you are certainly wrong when you compare suicide, which we discuss here, to great actions, since no one can consider it as anything but weakness For it is certainly easier to die than bravely to bear a life of miseryWhat Albert could have went on to say is, as miserable as you are now, you will not be this miserable forever The clouds darkening your brow will eventually give way to blue skies once again Lotte does say with insight tinged by exasperation,Why must it be I, Werther Just I, who belong to another Why must that be I am afraid, very much afraid, that it is only the impossibility of possessing me that attracts you so muchDoesn t that sound like something out of Shakespeare As discouraging as Lotte is to the reception of his love, she does also encourage it She is flattered by his attention She does like Werther a lot He is in many ways a better match for her intellectually than Albert, but a much higher risk than the steady Albert She does wish to have it all She wants to marry the security of Albert, but still retain Werther as a dear friend to entertain her with his discussions of books, art, travel, and music This is not dissimilar from a man who wishes to stay married to his wife but would appreciate the stimulation of a dalliance with a young woman It is like holding a cake in one hand and trying to eat a slice from the other hand while walking a tightrope with certain death below As I was reading, I kept asking myself, after pinning the spectre of Goethe between the flyleaf and the front cover, if I would have enjoyed this novellawhen I was twenty Certainly a bit , but I ve never really been into overwrought, high strung, nearly hysterical obsessions with love Still, this book did have a huge impact on young men of the 18th and early 19th century Maybe it made some of these young men dream about feeling such a passion for a woman, a man, or really anything at all They were, after all, taking a tour of Europe in search of themselves before settling down to a dreary life of marriage, career, and child rearing Maybe some of them fell desperately in love with a fiery eyed Italian waitress or with the lovely profile of a Spanish Princess and stoked their passion by reading Werther s tribulations with the lovely Lotte I really hope so 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