Romantic Love in Three European Novels Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Romantic Love in Three European Novels
An analysis of the theme of romantic love in Goethe's "Werther", Proust's "Swann's" and Dostoevsky's "Crime & Punishment".
# 138558 | 2,250 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (Russian) , Literature (German)

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The paper looks at Goethe's "Werther", Proust's "Swann's" and Dostoevsky's "Crime & Punishment" for what they tell of the Western model of romantic love in 18th rural Germany, the aristocratic/bourgeois society in the decadent early 20th century, and then the totally different world of mid-19th century Russia.

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"This paper discusses three well known novels for the contributions that they make to an understanding of the West's tradition of romantic love. In Johann Wolfgang on Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" one finds a rather romantic 18th century account of unrequited love and its pain. (1774) One finds more adult versions of love as stress, jealousy and anxiety in Marcel Proust's "The Way by Swann's". (1913) When going on to Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime & Punishment" of 1866, as an intermediary work in..."

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