Nathan the Wise

Nathan the Wise - Conversations of the West Antiquity and...

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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the Enlightenment November 21, 2005 11:00-12:15 TA Menachem Session 18 Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” Throughout history, Christianity has been the staple religion in literature. It was always depicted as the good religion, the religion everyone should belong to. It was the religion regarded as the only true religion and no other faiths were to be respected. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing changed that when he reversed the roles that Christians and Jews and Muslims were portrayed as in his “Nathan the Wise” play. Christians were now the evil wrongdoers in the world and Jews and Muslims were the opposite and were the morally righteous individuals. Lessing showed another perspective of who was “good” and who was “bad” with this play. The heroes of “Nathan the Wise” seem to be Nathan and Saladin, a Jew and a Muslim respectively. Nathan is considered a hero because of the willingness to help everyone no matter what religion they were. He took Recha as his daughter even though
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