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I wouldn t have thought about reading Goethe if we hadn t been sitting in the rain last "November talking about Nietzsche and we wouldn t have been talking about Nietzsche if Helen hadn t been "talking about Nietzsche and we wouldn t have been talking about Nietzsche if Helen hadn t been to explain Steiner to me for the hundredth time and she wouldn t have been trying to explain Steiner to me if someone hadn t recently advised me to read Schopenhauer and I d discovered that you couldn t really understand Schopenhauer if you didn t understand Kant and she said the only thing she knew about Kant was that he d influenced Goethe who Nietzsche used as his model of the Ubermensch and who d also influenced Steiner very profoundly but in ways

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didn t fully understand she d never read Goethe so I said I would This is the prototypical Bildungsroman the influence of Wilhelm Meister on lobal literary history can hardly be overestimated because with this text from 1795 Goethe defined the enre The central aspect he highlighted is that Bildung does not only entail formal education but also the development of personal opinions and attitudes the contemplation of cultural and societal values as well as the ability to critically reflect oneself and the world On the basis of this text the Bildungsroman underwent multiple transformations especially after the beginning of Classic Modernity Rilke s Malte Laurids Brigge is also a Bildungsroman abo To which degree does Goethe s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre the prototypical Bildungsroman speak to us today Maybe first of all as a counterweight to the fragmented postmodern condition Though I started reading this work mostly as a sort of historical document I found that it has to offer than just that It s a fairly easy read I never uite ot used to the stylized and archaic language though and especially in those parts that focuses on the inner state of the protagonist On the other hand Goethe s descriptions of the theatre and individual actors actually sometimes have an almost contemporary feel and so does his I Was A Stranger great wit and irony whenever it shines through Other parts of the book can be longwinded particularly those dealing with eg the ideals of pietism but even here the characters have some interesting traits and it also serves as an efficient contrast to the lighthearted life in the theatreroup The sections and layers of the book that are influenced by freemasonry are a lot intriguing Throughout the book Goethe moves effortlessly from the subjective to the objective the individual versus the world the young Wilhelm comes crashing into a world he doesn t uite understand with high hopes for himself and with boundless naivet yet manages to learn from his many strange encounters and to build character and integrity slowly becoming his own person almost in spite of himself it would seem but still because of his innate character traits and the interaction with the outside world The novel can easily be seen as an expression of Goethe s Ganzheitsdenken and as for the development of the protagonist there is little of what can be characterized as idealistic loftiness to it as opposed to that of the protagonist himself but rather a radual insight ained through his encounters with the various other characters and through his work Goethe aims to educate his reader as well as young Wilhelm While in the end Wilhelm Meister successfully concludes his apprenticeship I suppose it can be said that it is up to the individual reader to make a similar achievement This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License Perhaps not the tightest ship of a novel but certainly all its intellectual cannons were blasting the world to bits Much in the same way as reading Balzac Tolstoy or Marx one feels that he or she is spending a sliver of time in the mind of The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States genius while journeying with Wilhelm I was particularly attracted by Goethe s expressions of Eastern philosophy especially in the Indenture I felt as though I was reading Lao Tzu and could certainly see the inspiration Herr Hesse must have found in ol Johann Wolfgang Finally I think this is probably my least favourite book of Goethes but i think i would have enjoyed it had i read hamlet beforehand along with a bunch of other shakespeare plays The main thing thatives such a rating is the knowledge of Goethe prior as it feels that with each character he speaks through them which i find all the fascinating The book ets better as it oes on espically once reading the confession of a fair saint Book 6 Onwards Upon reading key paassages it felt as if upon waking from a dream that i all at once experenced key emotions and events in my life that i couldn t uite put to words which brings satisfaction relief and pure joy that i don t think many other authors uite exhibit Overall I dont see why to Arthur Schopenhauer sees this as one of the 4 best novels but i see the overall enjoyment and reread value perhaps i will reread this and come to the same judgement perhaps My second Goethe book Not as melodramatic as his first book Th. «Os Anos de Aprendizagem de Wilhelm Meister» é um romance do Goethe clássico ue dificilmente se deixa reduzir a uma fórmula vulnerável como a de romance de formação nem Goethe usou o termo nem este romance chega realmente a encenar de forma cabal a formação do seu problemático. Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

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Explained Characters appear disappear and reappear with a freuency that would only be plausible if Germany were the size of Key West To crown the absurdity every character in the novel who hasn t conveniently died by the last chapter is lumped into an all s well that ends well conclusion that beggars beliefThat conclusion leaves Wilhelm wealthy betrothed to the irl of his dreams and blessed with the sort of social connections that make self definition a real possibility at "once underscoring and undermining what would seem to have been Goethe s central thesis that the key distinction between the 18th "underscoring and undermining what would seem to have been Goethe s central thesis the Key Distinction Between The 18th Aristocrat And between the 18th aristocrat and burgher the commoner of attainments was neither wealth nor power but the nobleman s freedom to define himself without hindrance he is entitled to press forward whereas nothing beseems the burgher than the uiet feeling of the limits that are drawn around him The burgher may not ask himself What art thou He can only ask What hast thou What discernment knowledge talent wealth The burgher can only enjoy an approximation of that self creation by oing on the stage where he may play a king or noble and thereby acuire at least for the moment the privilege of defining himself as they do On the boards a polished man appears in his splendor with personal accomplishments and there I shall have it in my power to be and seem as well as anywhere This thought provoking foreshadowing of the celebrity intoxication of our own age would have been a perfect climax for the story but appears alas at just about its midpointGiven all the exasperations Wilhelm Meister poses for the modern reader why do I rate it at four stars Because it is a major work by one of the Western world s 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts greatest minds filled with brilliant aphorisms about the human condition Its style so uaint and formal to modern readers its plotting so implausible by today s standard befit its era which is longone So too are the world altering events of that era among them the French and American Revolutions and the ideas that spawned them A world was coming of age and this first Bildungsroman this prototype coming of age novel was perhaps the most important literary evocation of that new worldWilhelm Meister is not for the reader seeking only entertainment and Goethe never intended it to be even for the readers of his far intellectual age As Wilhelm muses at one point The rude man is content if he sees but something Moonrise (Snowfall, going on the man of refinement must be made to feel the man entirely refined desires to reflect The bildungsroman isenerally considered to have been created by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the 18th century with his novels Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship and The Sorrows of Young Werther The main theme of this enre is seeing the protagonist mature from childhood into adulthood and usually endure a series of challenges and obstacles along the way The hero of Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship dreams of a life in the theatre as exotic to him This book is a monster starts out shallow but becomes enormous as it oes on Intensely romantic but full of German coldness The characters are vivid very real and each exists consistent in his or her own world An endless stream of ideas on art and life Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is a legendary often referred to as the first bildungsroman and hence the direct ancestor of such celebrated twentieth century novels as The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Sons and Lovers and Look Homeward Angel The classic English language bildungsromans of the 20th century are autobiographical novels that describe the childhood and adolescent years of a young writer leaving him in his early twenties ready to embark on his literary career Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is an altogether different animal describing the amorous adventures of a young man with a troupe of actors and is a confused messIn Goethe His Life and Times Richard Friedenthal offers an explanation of how Goethe came to produce such a dreadful dog s breakfast Between 1777 and 1785 Goethe wrote a book that was published as Wilhelm Meister s Theatrical Calling In the 1790 Goethe decided to revise the Theatrical Calling publishing it between 1795 and 1796 as the Apprenticeship For the second version Goethe changed both the characteristics and dramatic roles of many of the dramatis personae Thus in the final version the plot takes bizarre turns and the characters are wildy inconsistent in their actions Thematically the work zigs and zags about in appalling fashion In places Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is like Jean Jacues Rousseau s Nouvelle Heloise The story of a troupe of itinerant actors that is similar to Paul Scarron s Roman Comiue There is a Masonic section that brings to mind Mozart s Magic Flute and Potocki s Lost Manuscript of Saragossa Finally Goethe throws in a manifesto arguing that Shakespearean drama must replace French Classicism in the theatres of EuropeWilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship has long been recognized as a brutal slog I find nothing to say in its defence. ?a a primeira versão de Os Anos de Peregrinação confessava «Wilhelm é certo não passa de um pobre diabo mas é com personagens destas ue melhor se deixam mostrar o jogo inconstante da vida e as inúmeras e diversas tarefas da existência e não com caracteres rígidos e já formados. E Sorrows of Young Werther "3 stars but and seems real You see Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 1832 "stars but comprehensive and seems real see Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 1832 a German novelist and since I have not been to Germany and my only idea of Germany are from the books that I ve read particularly around WWII I always find it interesting to read about this country during the 17th 19th centuries Then what s the better way of knowing how the people in one country lived during a distant past than to read well written novels or stories ABOUT THEMI READ THIS BOOK ON MY COMPUTER SCREEN themI read this book on my computer screen the office We recently had a series of workshops that necessitated me to stay in the office for than 8 hrs a day Since Ohio is awake when Manila is asleep I had to extend my work hours in the office just to participate in those workshops So while waiting for the session to start because the workshop leader was still waiting for participants around 30 40 from different places in the US to come in I was normally staring at my other computer screen yes I have two at my workstation Since November 2012 I have finished 3 foreign books and 3 local books Yesterday was my last workshop and so I think I will not have a chance to read another e book for nowThe main protagonist Wilhelm Meister who is a friend to Werther in Goethe s first novel The Sorrows of a Young Werther If that novel is about unreuited love that leads to tragedy this novel Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is about a young man s finding his place under the sun Yes his search including soul search is also caused by an unreuited love but he does not take his life but rather Hello, Snow! goes out there in the world and tries different jobs until he becomes a stage actor and a member of an aristocraticroup called Tower Society His apprenticeship as a stage actor seems for me to have been influenced by William Shakespeare who was popular in England a century ahead of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Germany In fact there is a scene in the book when the stage actors are rehearsing William Shakespeare s Hamlet 3 stars and my face lit up while reading because I was able to read that book my second by the Bard last month January 2013 Talk about timing rightLast night I was in CCP and watched for the first time in my life a ballet Guess what was the title It was William Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream and it was my first Shakespeare book I am not very fond of watching stage plays much ballet because they are boring However it was a school reuirement for my daughter and I had to accompany her as the venue was in the city and she could not yet drive at night She also has no boyfriend yet So instead of insisting that she A Little Dinner Before the Play gets herself a boyfriend to drive for her I volunteered to see the ballet with her Am I not aood fatherWhen I saw that the title of the play was A Midsummer Night s Dream I exclaimed Yay I know that play I ve read it already But to my dismay the actors on the stage just danced and danced and no one was talking haha So I had to Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies guess who among them were Oberon Titania Puck Hermia Helena Lysander and Demetrius hahaMy realization I should read WS books because I have been encountering his works not only in many otherreat books but also in the other facets of my life Ben Jonson observing that certain actors credited his rival Shakespeare with never blotting out a word of his writing retorted Would he had blotted out a thousand Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship from a modern perspectivewould benefit from easily ten times that many deletionsClearly this is not a novel for current tastes and prolixity is only one of its barriers to contemporary readership Another is its somnambulistic pacing Scenes run on interminably fleshed out in detail than even a patient reader could want In most of those scenes there is a single event and paragraphs of exposition on some character s usually Wilhelm s emotional reaction to it In the midst of the story there is a novella length digression entitled Confessions of a Fair Saint It completely derails the flow of the story in order to allow an irritating sanctimonius female character to natter on ad nauseum about her relgiosity The significant content of the Fair Saint to the main story could have been mercifully condensed to a single page since thereafter she is only mentioned once and that in passing perhaps a hundred pages laterThe main story is written from a third person limited perspective so that we Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch generally see no deeply into the book s other characters than the none too discerning Wilhelm sees The other characters and there are than 20 of them are reduced to one dimensional ciphersWilhelm himself is the arch adolescent a randy dilettante falling in and out of love with every character in a skirt while launching then abandoning one career after anotherThough the novel is certainly no comedy the plot borders on farce Wilhelm mid story suddenly finds that he is being recruited into a small coterie of minor league bermenschen who have been secretly following his stumbling progress through the world why and how never being adeuately. Protagonista deixa o precisamente no limiar desse processo O próprio Goethe jogando com o nome alemão do seu herói ironiza na correspondência com Schiller o processo de transformação cujo controlo lhe foge do Schüller discípulo em Meister mestre E anos mais tarde uando já conclu?.