werther - Heather Fackelman March 9, 2009 German Literature...

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Heather Fackelman March 9, 2009 Montclair State University Throughout the novel it becomes increasingly clear that Werther enjoys the company of children and enjoys conversing with and observing them . This could possibly be because he unconsciously relates to them . The further the reader gets into the novel, the more apparent it becomes that Werther is in fact quite immature; his actions and whirling emotions are childish in nature and reflective of the children he so much admires . Werther is very emotional to the point that he is quite volatile . He has “transitions from grief to extravagant joy, from sweetest melancholy to pernicious passion” (Goethe 26) . He has fits much like a young child when he does not get his way; he “grit[s] his teeth and scoff[s] at [his] misery” and he “tear[s] [his] way through the woods,” stomping around like an angry child . He is absolutely guilty of “moody behavior” (Goethe 54-56)
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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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