Unrequited Love And Gestures Of Consecration Essay

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Unrequited Love And Gestures Of Consecration Essay, Research Paper Unrequited Love and Gestures of Consecration Young Werther searched for meaning in everything around him, yearning in his relentless love for Lotte. It was not a mistake that a copy of Emilia Galotti was found by Werther?s deathbed, this text?s content mirrors much of Werther?s ?sorrows.? Werther idolized and pined over Lotte as Prince Hettore Gonzaga did Emilia Galotti. Both male characters sought to relinquish his hopeless passion by attempting to win over the woman that they loved in a desperate manner, and whom lost their loves in one form or another. Both Lotte and Emilia represent the Romantic ideal for women, who were both concerned with keeping their womanly virtues in tact due to an influence from a

male figure in their lives. In both stories, death played an important role where it acted as an ultimate gesture of consecration for the beloved. Young Werther originally set out on his travels to seek solitude in nature. However, after meeting Charlotte Lotte, it seemed as though Werther?s agenda totally changed. Werther fell in love with Lotte at first sight. Werther vocalized his passion in the letters that he sent to his dear friend Wilhelm, where his adoration for Lotte would grow as time passed. ?An angel! -Rot! – Every man says this about his beloved, does he not? And yet I am unable to tell you how, and why, she is perfection itself; suffice to say that she has captivated me utterly.? (Goethe, pg.36) Werther immediately placed Lotte on a pedestal, claiming she

exemplified ultimate perfection, and described Lotte with the same vigor and emotion that he did nature. Before Werther became acquainted with Lotte, his goal was to simply live in the happy solitariness of nature, but this undying love for Lotte overtook Werther?s intentions and consumed him. From the moment that Werther met Lotte, he was entranced by her every move, and immediately could not give credence to the fact that Lotte was bound to another. When Werther asked who Albert was, Lotte told him that he was the man to whom she was engaged. ?Now this was no news to me? yet none the less, it was utterly new to me as I had not yet connected the thought with her, who had come in so short a time to mean so much to me.? (Goethe, pg.41) Lotte represented everything thing that was

pure and benevolent to Werther, much like the role that nature once took in Werther?s life. Instead of expressing his love of nature in his paintings and writing, he began to paint portraits of Lotte, and wrote consistently to Wilhelm about Lotte. Werther?s imaginative powers were primarily ?weakened? by Lotte?s presence in his heart, and ultimately totally ?deserted? him. ?I can no longer pray except to her; my imagination beholds no figure but hers; and I see the things of the world about me only in relation to her.? (Goethe, 68) Werther recognized his obsession and felt like his ?growing passion? would ?overthrow his contemplative composure and destroy him.? (Goethe, 62) Werther, contemplating his demise, decided that his only option was to leave Walheim to escape his

obsession with Lotte, and asked Albert to secure a post with an ambassador for him. Werther kept himself busy during the time that he was away, but when he did not find the peace for which he had hoped, he decided to return to Walheim to be with Lotte. Werther?s first meeting with Lotte sent him unto a state of despair. Although Albert and Lotte commiserated with Werther, they suggested that Werther should visit the house less often. It can be inferred that Lotte?s rejection of Werther was fueled by Albert?s disapproval. ?One thing is certain: that she was quite determined to do everything to remove Werther from her presence? Yet during this period she was under increased pressure to be firm; her husband maintained a complete silence concerning the relationship, and so she felt