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
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to protect their womanly virtues in the eyes of the principal male figure in their lives (Odoardo and Albert respectively.) It seems quite appropriate that Werther had a copy of Emilia Galotti on his deathbed, for the presence of overlapping themes between the two scenarios is unequivocal.
1.Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. Emilia Galotti. New York: German Book Center, N.A., INC, 1979.
2.von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang. The Sorrows of Young Werther. London: Penguin Books, 1989.