When Nietzsche Wept Short Essay - Answer Key

Irvin D. Yalom
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1. How does Breuer's patient list characterize him?

Breuer has treated some of the best known scientists, artists, and philosophers in Europe at a time when Anti-Semitic forces could have hurt his patient list. Instead, he is quite popular. Breuer is probably a well-known and strong doctor.

2. How does Breuer's relationship with Bertha immediately bring a conflict to the story?

Breuer is married, but he's also had an affair with Bertha. Breuer thinks of Bertha while speaking to Lou. Readers immediately know that Breuer is conflicted in his marriage. The conflict is severe in the marriage, and it will probably remain throughout the story.

3. Why would Lou take such an interest in helping Nietzsche?

Lou is Nietzsche's friend. She has a high opinion of him and believes him to be a smart and influential man. Instead of functioning well, Nietzsche is suicidal. As a friend, Lou takes a great interest in helping Nietzsche by helping hm find a great doctor.

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