Everything you need to understand or teach The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
"The Sorrows of Young Werther," in many senses a classic of the epistolary genre of novels, opens with the titular protagonist having just completed a move to a rural town made in order to escape a romantic entanglement with a woman named Leonora and her sister. Werther is positively enraptured with his new surroundings, and, at the cost of his artistic endeavors, he spends much time meandering the countryside and observing the peasants' lifestyle. At several points, he remarks approvingly that the simple and idyllic life of the country folk reminds him of the "patriarchal" society of the Bible. On his travels, he meets many peasants whose stories will develop alongside his own: the peasant brothers Hans and Phillip, their mother, and a servant in love with his widowed employer.
Werther soon discovers Wahlheim, a hamlet resting in the hills about an hour's walk from his residence, and... View more of the The Sorrows of Young Werther Summary
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