Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Johann Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, did for the German novel what his early play Goetz of Berlichingen, with the Iron Hand did for German dramA&Mdash;it revolutionized prose writing in German and rescued German literature from a deadening provincialism. The people and places in The Sorrows of Young Werther have been so well documented, to a great extent by Goethe himself in his autobiography, that the reader with biographical knowledge of Goethe has difficulty separating the author from the titular hero Werther. The autobiographical content of the novel has often led to one-sided interpretations that have ignored other important aspects of the work, yet the...

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