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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Werther narrates Book 1 and most of Book 2 through letters written in the first person with a limited perspective. The editor narrates the end of Book 2 in both the first person and the third person with an omniscient perspective.
Werther and the editor predominantly use the past tense to discuss past events. They occasionally write in the present tense to discuss events currently happening to them.
Goethe intended the novel to be a "general confession" of the sorrows or misfortunes of a young man named Werther, who tells the story in letters to a friend. Werther's youth and coming of age, as well as his persistent melancholy, are central to his character development.
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