The Sorrows of Young Werther Topics for Discussion

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What tragedy did Werther face prior to meeting Lotte? How did this experience possibly impact Werther's reaction to Lotte?

Why did Werther ask Lotte not to sprinkle any sand on letters she writes to him?

What are examples of Werther's obsessive behavior towards or about Lotte?

Describe the style of narration employed in this story and its purpose. Why the switch near the end?

What are Lotte's true feelings about Werther? How did her feelings potentially make Werther's suffering more severe?

What did Werther portend when he asked to borrow a pistol from Albert? What was Albert's reaction when Werther placed the unloaded gun to his temple? How did Albert's pistols play a pivotal role at the story's conclusion?

Werther reads the epic poems of Homer and "Ossian" throughout the story. Why does Werther's preference for Ossian poetry over his former favorite Homeric works foreshadow a dark...

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