I couldn t help but imagine young Werther as a high school, tweeting about all his troubles to the ether So, without further ado, I present to you The Tweets of Young Werther.This is the kind of book that high school teachers should be making self absorbed teenagers read They can totally relate, both to the intense feelings of emotion and the complete conviction that no one in the world has ever felt the same way before I couldn t relate that well, because really Werther just needs to man up and bang someone else, but I still inexplicably liked this book Actually, my affection is explicable we re talking about Goethe, after all.I should really step away from photoshop and get back to work. This Is Goethe S First Novel, Published In Written In Diary Form, It Tells The Tale Of An Unhappy, Passionate Young Man Hopelessly In Love With Charlotte, The Wife Of A Friend A Man Who He Alternately Admires And Detests The Sorrows Of Young Werther Became An Important Part Of The Sturm Und Drang Movement, And Greatly Influenced Later Romanticism The Work Is Semi Autobiographical In , Two Years Before The Novel Was Published, Goethe Had Passed Through A Similar Tempestuous Period, When He Lost His Heart To Charlotte Buff, Who Was At That Time Engaged To His Friend Johann Christian Kestner Thackeray wrote this very glib verse synopsis of the tale Werther had a love for Charlotte Such as words could never utter Would you know how first he met her She was cutting bread and butter.Charlotte was a married lady, And a moral man was Werther,And, for all the wealth of Indies, Would do nothing for to hurt her.So he sighed and pined and ogled, And his passion boiled and bubbled,Till he blew his silly brains out, And no was by it troubled.Charlotte, having seen his body Borne before her on a shutter,Like a well conducted person, Went on cutting bread and butter. 959 Les souffrances du jeune werther The sorrows of young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von GoetheA Autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774 2003 1381 255 9646581536 1385 1387 18 1386 220 9789649971582 1390 1383 02 13 9647274149 224 1388 224 9789642575268 ,. . It s taken me well over a year to get through the saga of Young Werther s love for his Lotte even though it s quite a short little book I plead mitigating circumstances I had no thought of reading this novel until I came across a pair of characters called Goethe and Lotte in Christine Brooke Rose s Textermination, and checked out their real life story The trail led to a fictional version of the same story in Young Werther I was tempted to try reading Young Werther in his own language so I bought a parallel text and set about deciphering Die Leiden while meanwhile continuing to decipher Brooke Rose s prose I love challenges Die Leiden is written mostly in the form of letters from Werther to his friend Wilhelm The first lines of the first letter had a lovely rhythm and were full of short and recognisable words Wie froh bin ich, da ich weg bin Bester Freund, was ist das Herz des Menchen How glad I am to have come away Best of friends, what the human heart is like I read a bit further, pleased with my efforts, until I came to a line about two sisters, one of whom Werther seemed to be involved with Or was he dallying with both at the same time, the young scamp I was confused and switched to the English version but somehow lost interest in Werther when he then began to dally with Lotte, who was already engaged, excusing himself thus I treat my heart like a sick child I let it have anything it wants. Fast forward to last week and a decision to clear my currently reading shelf with no further Zaudern und Zagen shilly shallying I picked up Werther again and this time his sorrows somehow suited me better Before I knew it, I was leafing through his letters, immer geschwinder faster and faster like water thundering through a gigantic gorge into a deep dark lake Werther, like many young people of the 1770s, was awed by the spectacle of nature and continually pondering man s punyness in relation to the landscape view spoiler Engraving of a cataract by Goethe hide spoiler I have been intoxicated than once, my passions have never been far off insanity Although I have some sympathy for unrequited love, it was hard for me to understand Werther My feelings toward him went back and forth between sympathy and frustration At times I admired his love, at other times I found it to be very obsessive Yes, he was sensitive and romantic, but the woman of his dreams did not lead him on in any way so I did find the way he behaved quite incomprehensible This was my first Goethe and it won t be my last.I love how he writes, and I enjoyed his philosophical musings, and his meditations on life, love, religion, people, etc He made some interesting points although some of them did seem to come from an elitist s point of view. I would not be mistaken if I think that many of us would have just eschewed this book by just seeing the first few words of the title SORROW the very word instigates a sense of a confused horror in us Sorrow is one of the emotions which every great men cannot escape in their lives, as Dostoevsky says Sorrow brings a state of helplessness from which the unfortunate weak ones cannot free themselves Though the events of this story can be considered as unfortunate for our Werther but it can be also accepted that Werther is not a weak one, at least in common sense.The mere idea of reading letters brings a happy amusement to most of us But what if those letters brim with sorrow Through this brilliant epistolary novel, Goethe makes us read the most compelling letters of sorrowful experience of Werther in his young age I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own Werther is not the one who despises living or humans but he is one of those great men who loves the simplicity of the common man a kind hearted man who weeps for the unfortunate of his fellow men, even for those who are unfamiliar to him He values everyone equally and respects everyone s emotions He even scorns at one s indifference and apathy But what befalls him later is something inexorable It s true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them Young Werther falls in love with irresistible Lotte But Lotte is to be married to Albert, another gentleman with whom Werther makes an in good terms friendship While the marriage between L and A seems to last, the friendship between W and A is enfeebled by the unconventional ideas of Werther Is this the destiny of man Is he only happy before he has acquired his reason or after he has lost it Love that all he needs and that is widely believed to conquer us and set us free from material contaminations, he felt, is purloined from his lady love Stricken with sorrow, he walks endlessly in search of himself, for which Sorrow also alienates individuals from the rest But wherever he goes, in some way or the other, the memory of his lady love wakes him up from his somber sojourn How can the bright figures and brilliant landscapes amuse a prisoner of life view spoiler I don t think that I really have to tell what might have happened to Werther There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide Albert CamusSuicide is something with which most of us disagree, without even weighing the events which might have burdened the victim to the extent to make him or her think that this is the only last resort one could hope for Does this story offer an alternate view on the subject I think, YES There is no argument of success or failure of Geothe s attempt on this subject but a compelling alternate view The suffering may be moral or physical and in my opinion it is just as absurd to call a man a coward who destroys himself, as to call a man a coward who dies of a malignant fever hide spoiler .