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The Sorrows of Young Werther | Study Guide

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Overview

Author

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Year Published

1774

Type

Novel

Genre

Romance, Tragedy

Perspective and Narrator

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.

Tense

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.

About the Title

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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