Die Leiden des jungen Werthers is an epistolaryloosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethefirst published in A revised edition appeared in
History[ edit ] Plenzdorf wrote Die neuen Leiden des jungen W. It tells the story of a young man, who wants to escape from his small middle class environment.
Reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 's Die Leiden des jungen Werthershe discovers similarities between him and the book's protagonist. It had a big success in the DDR. Summary[ edit ] Edgar Wibeau's father left when Edgar was five.
After Edgar's death at the age of 17, his father wants to know who his son was and begins interviewing people who knew him.
Raised by his mother during the GDR-era, Edgar is a good son and an excellent student. After an argument with his apprenticeship supervisor, Flemming, however, he rejects authority and leaves his hometown of Mittenberg and, with his friend Willi, moves to Berlinwhere he feels he can be free to follow his own desires.
Discovered by chance, Goethe's book about Werther whom Edgar often calls, in original English, "Old Werther" becomes a verbal weapon Edgar uses to solve inconvenient situations. The young rebel isn't successful as an artist and thinks that he's underestimated by the people a bit.
He starts working as a house painter.
His co-workers Addi and Zaremba dream of a revolutionary invention, a nebula-free paint duster, but fail to put their plan into practice. Edgar secretly tries to build the machine by himself at his alcove.
As soon as he tries out his prototype for the first time, he is killed by the voltage.
Whether this death was intentional or not is left for the reader to decide. Originally, Plenzdorf wanted the protagonist to kill himself, but suicide was not an acceptable theme in the GDR.
The story begins shortly after the publishing of the death notices, when the father visits the mother's flat, where she raised Edgar without a husband. The father tries to find out more about Edgar, to "get to know" him.
He talks to Willi, Charlie, Addi. Although Edgar is already dead, he makes long monologues on the things his friends mention - but only the reader can hear him. Edgar illustrates his inner feelings by quoting Goethe on music tapes to Willi.
Roles[ edit ] Edgar Wibeau: Edgar is the main character. He calls himself an underestimated genius; he is a year-old descendant of the Huguenots who runs away after injuring his apprenticeship taskmaster. In reality, Edgar is already dead, but he still talks to the reader about everything and everyone.
He's a would-be artist who becomes a house painter after being refused by the school of arts.The Sorrows and Sufferings of Young Werther; a Stageplay. Translated and adapted for the stage from J. W. von Goethe’s novel “Die Leiden des jungen Werthers.” by D. Bruno Starrs.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther () is not so much a tale of love and romance as it is a chronicle of mental health; specifically, it seems, Goethe is tackling the idea of depression and even (though the term would not have existed then) bi-polar depression.
Werther. The first great popular success of Goethe’s career was The Sorrows of Young Werther. It is a sentimental and psychological novel in letter .
The Sorrows of Young Werther (German: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is a loosely autobiographical epistolary novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in A revised edition followed in Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
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