The Sorrows of Young Werther


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Heinrich Character Analysis

Werther meets Heinrich one day while Heinrich is foolishly attempting to gather wildflowers for his “sweetheart” in the winter. Coming upon Werther and Heinrich, the Old Woman on the Path informs Werther that Heinrich has spent the last several months in an asylum. Despite his eccentricity, Heinrich is a pleasant man. Towards the end of the novel, Werther claims that it was unrequited love for Lotte that drove Heinrich to madness, but he offers no source for this claim.
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Heinrich Character Timeline in The Sorrows of Young Werther

The timeline below shows where the character Heinrich appears in The Sorrows of Young Werther. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book Two: November 8-December 6, 1772
The Heart vs. The Mind Theme Icon
Self-Absorption of Youth Theme Icon
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In late November, Werther stumbles upon Heinrich, a man searching for wildflowers to give to his sweetheart. Werther reminds him that the... (full context)
Book Two: Editorial Interlude
The Heart vs. The Mind Theme Icon
Self-Absorption of Youth Theme Icon
Suicide Theme Icon
Shortly after the episode with Heinrich, a lack of correspondence from Werther forces the editor to interject into the story. The... (full context)