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Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ↠ 7 Review

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Tted 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 "sanctimonius female character to natter on ad nauseum about *her relgiosity The content of the Fair Saint to the main story could *relgiosity The content of the Fair Saint to the main story could 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 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 plot borders on farce Wilhelm mid story suddenly finds that he is being recruited into a small coterie of league bermenschen who have been secretly following his stumbling progress through the world why and how never being adeuately 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 girl 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 ey distinction between the 18th Century aristocrat and the burgher the commoner of attainments was neither wealth nor power but the nobleman s freedom to define himself without hindrance he is entitled to. 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?. Press forward whereas nothing beseems the burgher than the
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feeling of limits that are drawn around him The burgher may not ask himself What art thou He can only ask What hast thou What discernment nowledge talent wealth The burgher can only enjoy an approximation of that self creation by going on the stage where he may play a ing 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 "as they do On the boards a polished man appears 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 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 long gone 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 Going On The Man Of on the man of must be made to feel the man entirely refined desires to reflect 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 trying 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 new 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 she didn t fully understand because she d never read Goethe so I said I would. ?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. Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is a legendary often referred to as the first bildungsroman and hence the "Direct Ancestor Of Such Celebrated "ancestor of such celebrated century novels as The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Sons and Lovers and Look Homeward Angel The English language bildungsromans of 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 decided to revise the Theatrical Calling publishing it between 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 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 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 Ben Jonson observing that certain actors credited his rival Shakespeare with never blotting out a word of his writing retorted Would he had blo. «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.

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