The Sorrows of Young Werther

by

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Sorrows of Young Werther Symbols

Trees

Werther uses trees both as landmarks for countryside navigation and as cues for memory, with the trees serving as mementos of things past. When Werther and Lotte wander with the Vicar of S., their…

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Storms

Written in a literary period known as “storm and stress,” the presence of literal and emotional storms in The Sorrows of Young Werther stands out. Werther’s emotions come upon him like a storm, as…

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Books

Books play a shifting role for Werther. When he is happy (that is, when he is with Lotte), he ignores them utterly. When he is sad, he turns to them for solace. Either…

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