The Sorrows of Young Werther – by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Warning! There were people who killed themselves after reading this masterpiece. It’s no joke, my beloved readers.
Tragic. That would be the key-word of this beautiful, yet desolate story. Werther is just an young man, perhaps too young for such a strong love. But is there anything that could prepare your being for the strongest feeling humans can experience? Forgive me for expressing a lack of conviction, but when it hits, there’s no way out. You can’t get rid of it just because your brain is commanding you to or because you are aware of the sorrow which impatiently waits to catch you in its clutches. Therefore, our protagonist “allowed” love to consume him and to turn his joy and admiration for beauty and life into hopelessness. We get to know him through the letters he writes to his best friend, Wilhelm, and you’ll be able to notice the change in his sensitive heart. All I have left to say, so as to protect you as much as possible from spoilers, is that Goethe managed, being inspired by his life’s experiences, to successfully show the way love manifests itself. How, at first, it seems to take over your inner self in an wonderful way, providing everything necessary to make you happy, how it warms your heart and it offers you sensations you can barely explain using the support offered by the meaningless words. But, when the feelings are not mutual, love not only takes back everything it gave to you, but it’s also replacing the tiny paradise that grew up into your heart with a tremendous war. And you start bleeding terribly inside. And you change. At least, this is how I perceive Werther’s situation. Having said all these, why would we read The Sorrows of Young Werther? I can’t give you the answer, but I promise you won’t end up disappointed. All of us would most certainly appraise Goethe’s masterpiece differently. But it’s worth to take a look at something deeper than the ordinary we are so used to. Be careful, anyway! Read it with your heart, but don’t forget your brain on the way.

<Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, born in August 28, 1749 – Frankfurt. He died in March 22 1832.>


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