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March 9, 2009 Sorrows of Young Werther Epistolary novel written primarily in the form of letters allows reader to get private thoughts of people involved not official account get to know characters as they really are; moral character what they reveal about themselves in innermost private moments religious quality in Germany personal writing style comes from Pietism radical form of Protestantism practice prayer & writing feelings in diary & autobiographical form Goethe takes religious style of writing & makes it secular Opening of Novel nature description reflects Werther’s mood nature reflects his soul nature is where he finds God pagan Spinoza philosopher who talks about God not being a thing but in the universe Goethe against science; nature is not an object to dissect; to understand nature you have to understand humans as a part of nature, not separate from it and analyzing it complaint: people who are at the court/in the government are trapped in their roles
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  • Spring '09
  • Johnson
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Epistolary novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Young Werther, Werther’s mood

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