The Sorrows of Young Werther Setting & Symbolism

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Wahlheim

Wahlheim and the surrounding countryside is the site where most of the events in The Sorrows of Young Werther take place. It is a small quiet village for which Werther expresses much affection.

Germany

Germany was the home to author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. While the country in the story is not specified, it is presumed to be Germany.

Werther's Letters

Goethe uses the letters written by Werther to his friend Wilhelm as the vehicle to gain insight into Werther's heart and mind.

Town that Werther Visits

Werther's mother has dispatched Werther to a small town in the country to represent her in an inheritance dispute. The town is never named.

Nature

Nature, to Werther, seems to include not simply the plants and animals of the world but all things not originating in human artifice. This includes emotion, inspiration, chance, and a host of other things in...

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