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Heather Fackelman February 16, 2009 German Literature and Culture Montclair State University Nathan the Wise is a play that takes place during the Crusades. The play portrays the obvious and on-going struggle between Christians, represented by Recha and Daya, Jews, represented by Nathan, and Moslems, represented by Saladin and the company he keeps. The most insightful part of the play is the story of the father and the ring, told by Nathan. Nathan seems to be representative of Enlightenment thinking at this part, as he is the most open-minded or “wise.” Nathan tells a story of an old man with a precious ring – a ring whose owner was endowed with the power to win the love of God and mankind. Traditionally, the ring was left to the favorite son. However, the owner had three sons that he loved equally. In order not to be troubled by the decision, he had two exact replicas made, and each son received a ring. After the man’s death, each son argued that he had the real magical ring. Nathan points out that this is parallel to the religious struggle: each religion feels that it is
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PHIL 320 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Montclair.

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