The Sorrows of Young Werther


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Mr. Schmidt Character Analysis

Sweetheart to Friederike. Mr. Schmidt is intensely jealous of Friederike’s time and dislikes others, especially Werther, talking to her. His ill-humor is the cause of a lengthy conversation between Lotte, Werther, and the Vicar’s Wife. Ironically, Werther condemns Schmidt’s mood, though his own mood will sour for much of the novel.
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Mr. Schmidt Character Timeline in The Sorrows of Young Werther

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Schmidt appears in The Sorrows of Young Werther. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book One: June 19-July 6, 1771
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During this visit, Lotte and Werther also meet Friederike, the Vicar’s daughter, and her beau Mr. Schmidt . The two couples go on a walk together. Friederike proves amiable enough, but Werther... (full context)