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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 Werthers deathbed this texts content mirrors much of Werthers 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 Werthers 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 pg36 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 Werthers 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
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