The Sorrows Of Young Werther By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The Sorrows Of Young Werther By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is by far my favourite book.

It is a book written in the autobiographical sense about von Goethe's own life. It is an amazing book filled with love, heartbreak and sorrow.

(Copied off Wikipedia -The majority of The Sorrows of Young Werther is presented as a collection of letters written by Werther, a young artist of highly sensitive and passionate temperament, and sent to his friend Wilhelm.

In these letters, Werther gives a very intimate account of his stay in the fictional village of WahlheimHe is enchanted by the simple ways of the peasants there. He meets and falls instantly in love with Lotte (Charlotte), a beautiful young girl who is taking care of her siblings following the death of their mother. Charlotte is, however, already engaged to a man named Albert, who is in fact 11 years her senior.

Despite the pain this causes Werther, he spends the next few months cultivating a close friendship with both of them. His pain eventually becomes so great that he is forced to leave and go to Weimar. While he is away, he makes the acquaintance of Fräulein von B. He suffers a great embarrassment when he forgetfully visits a friend on the day when the entire aristocratic set normally meets there. He returns to Wahlheim after this, where he suffers more than he did before, partially because Lotte and Albert are now married. Every day serves as a torturous reminder that Lotte will never be able to requite his love. Out of pity for her friend and respect for her husband, Lotte comes to the decision that Werther must not visit her so frequently. He visits her one final time, and they are both overcome with emotion after Werther's recitation of a portion of "Ossian".

Werther had realized even before this incident that one of them — Lotte, Albert or Werther himself — had to die. Unable to hurt anyone else or seriously consider committing murder, Werther sees no other choice but to take his own life. After composing a farewell letter (to be found after he commits suicide), he writes to Albert asking for his two pistols, under a pretense that he is going "on a journey". Lotte receives the request with great emotion and sends the pistols. Werther then shoots himself in the head, but doesn't expire until 12 hours after he has shot himself. He is buried under a linden tree, a tree he talks about frequently in his letters, and the funeral is not attended by clergymen, Albert or his beloved Lotte.

The emotional side of this book appeals to me, in the sense that I can understand the angst felt, and I relate to it unlike any book I read.

It is worth a read if you are into tradgic love stories......

TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp
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2 Responses Mar 10, 2010

The Sorrows of Young Werther is a great epistolary novel. Goethe lamented writing it as his career went on, despite the fact that it propelled him into stardom and took him away from his dreaded law school.

I like that fact that no matter how in love I am, I will never be as in love Werther is..