Joaquin de Rojas
9 April 2007
Western Cultural Tradition VII-VIII
Young Werther’s All-Consuming Love and His Allure To Nature
As can be the case with the gifted artist, Werther is a dreamer, loner, and idealist;
He lives within world of his imagination.
He values the objects, persons, and
occurrences of his life inasmuch as they invigorate in him feelings of love and awe.
turns out, his understanding of the outside world is at the whim of his internal passions
When Werther’s love life is working for him, he senses the warm embrace
of nature, yet if his heart burns with unrequited love, then he gives up on nature which at
this point seems to him so utterly cruel.
If Werther is optimistic, for whatever reason,
that his love for Charlotte will work out, then he describes the natural world as
blossoming, beautiful, and divine.
If the prospect of the consummation of their love is
shattered, however, then nature appears to him as a merciless, brute, and torturous force.
Deep down inside, Werther believes that love should be lawless and limitless like nature,
but when he is pressured to place restrictions on his affections for Charlotte, his idolized
conception of love as an unconquerable force fails to live up to reality.
In a drastic move,
he decides to lose all faith in love and becomes cynical of all that is beautiful; this drastic
loss of heart, in turn, shatters his idolized conception of nature.
Even before meeting Charlotte, Werther lived for feelings of affection, or love,
but they were not all focused on one person.
During this time, Werther was able to
cultivate relatively healthy relationships with his friends and acquaintances as he was
able to spread his affections amongst various objects including nature.
It seems that his