Foreshadowing In Goethe's The Sorrows Of Young Werther

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When reading a story, book, or novel, you’re expected to follow the story from start to end--that is if the plot is to your own tastes. Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution is what makes up a plot. The better the plot is structured, the better the story is, right? A well-written story makes readers yearn for more, making them feel like they’re at the edge of their seats, engrossed with what is written on the pages. Of course, not all would feel that way about a story, as not all stories end with a ‘happily ever after’. But how does the reader know or more so, feel, the story will end in a certain way? Simply put foreshadowing. In Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, following the story of Werther, the main character, there are many hints given throughout the book that hints to the fate of the man and his ‘unrequited’ love for Charlotte. In the events that lead to the unfortunate demise of Werther, there was evidence that was present that would lead to Werther’s very own end. Some were noticeable and out in the open, visibly obvious to readers, while others, not so and the text might be needed to be reread to come to a full understanding. It was Werther’s own being, his love for Charlotte, and the surrounding events that happen around them that would leave the readers unable to deny…show more content…
Yes, very much so. In her wholesome? He was struck by her beauty, so yes? But does Werther really know, her? He knows enough of Charlotte that he is friends with her but nonetheless is madly in one-sided love with her. Werther knows very well that Charlotte is already engaged (and then later married) to a man, Albert, that she loves, but to his own jealousy, “I her husband! ... She—my wife! ... my whole frame feels convulsed when I see Albert put his arms around her slender waist! ... She would have been happier with me than with him… I felt that we were made for each other!” (51-52) Werther still wanted Charlotte to be
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