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Wilhelm Meister S Apprenticeship, A Novel Of Self Realization Greatly Admired By The Romantics, Has Been Called The First Bildungsroman And Has Had A Tremendous Influence On The History Of The German Novel The Story Centers On Wilhelm, A Young Man Living In The Mid S Who Strives To Break Free From The Restrictive World Of Economics And Seeks Fulfillment As An Actor And Playwright Along With Eric Blackall S Fresh Translation Of The Work, This Edition Contains Notes And An Afterword By The Translator That Aims To Put This Novel Into Historical And Artistic Perspective For Twentieth Century Readers While Showing How It Defies Categorization

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    My second Goethe book Not as melodramatic as his first book, The Sorrows of Young Werther 3 stars but comprehensive and seems real You see, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 1832 was a German novelist and since I have not been to Germany and my only idea of Germany are from the books that I ve read particularly around WWII, I always find it interesting to read about this country during the 17th 19th centuries Then what s the better way of knowing how the people in one country lived during a distant past than to read well written novels or stories about them I read this book on my computer screen in the office We recently had a series of workshops that necessitated me to stay in the office for than 8 hrs a day Since Ohio is awake when Manila is asleep, I had to extend my work hours in the office just to participate in those workshops So, while waiting for the session to start because the workshop leader was still waiting for participants around 30 40 from different places in the US to come in, I was normally staring at my other computer screen yes, I have two at my workstation Since November 2012, I have finished 3 foreign books and 3 local books Yesterday was my last workshop and so I think I will not have a chance to read another e book for now.The main protagonist, Wilhelm Meister who is a friend to Werther in Goethe s first novel, The Sorrows of a Young Werther If that novel is about unrequited love that leads to tragedy, this novel Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is about a young man s finding his place under the sun Yes, his search including soul search is also caused by an unrequited love but he does not take his life but rather goes out there in the world and tries different jobs until he becomes a stage actor and a member of an aristocratic group called Tower Society His apprenticeship as a stage actor seems, for me, to have been influenced by William Shakespeare who was popular in England a century ahead of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Germany In fact, there is a scene in the book when the stage actors are rehearsing William Shakespeare s Hamlet 3 stars and my face lit up while reading because I was able to read that book, my second by the Bard, last month January 2013 Talk about timing, right Last night, I was in CCP and watched, for the first time in my life, a ballet Guess what was the title It was William Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream and it was my first Shakespeare book I am not very fond of watching stage plays, much ballet, because they are boring However, it was a school requirement for my daughter and I had to accompany her as the venue was in the city and she could not yet drive at night She also has no boyfriend yet So, instead of insisting that she gets herself a boyfriend to drive for her, I volunteered to see the ballet with her Am I not a good father When I saw that the title of the play was A Midsummer Night s Dream, I exclaimed Yay, I know that play I ve read it already But to my dismay, the actors on the stage just danced and danced and no one was talking haha So, I had to guess who among them were Oberon, Titania, Puck, Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius haha.My realization I should read WS books because I have been encountering his works not only in many other great books but also in the other facets of my life.

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    This is the prototypical Bildungsroman the influence of Wilhelm Meister on global literary history can hardly be overestimated, because with this text from 1795, Goethe defined the genre The central aspect he highlighted is that Bildung does not only entail formal education, but also the development of personal opinions and attitudes, the contemplation of cultural and societal values as well as the ability to critically reflect oneself and the world On the basis of this text, the Bildungsroman underwent multiple transformations, especially after the beginning of Classic Modernity Rilke s Malte Laurids Brigge is also a Bildungsroman about an artist, but it is very different from Goethe s work Young Wilhelm Meister is the son of a merchant, but he loves the theater When his lover Mariane betrays him from his point of view , he joins a traveling troupe of actors during his journey, he will make many defining experiences and learn about himself and the world, until he faces the final question Do I want to lead the free life of an artist, or do I want to be a respectable husband and citizen Spoiler alert Goethe loved what we call in German Wein, Weib Gesang wine, woman song , but he also held many high ranking public offices, e.g as a minister in the cabinet of his buddy Duke Carl August von Sachsen Weimar Eisenach So for Goethe, being a citizen was a noble role to be fulfilled by responsible men the ways the protagonists in a Bildungsroman choose are always a telling sign of the times and of the author s world view It is a strange experience to read this text in 2018, and I would lie if I said that I enjoyed it The text is excessively long, and this is of course unfair criticism though the fact that I already knew that Goethe would throw around all the tropes he himself invented didn t help either Many passages could qualify as kitsch, and some characters are mere plot devices the best exception here is clearly Mignon, a child Wilhelm buys and who represents pure art coming from the subconscious a very complex, fascinating character.So all in all, I acknowledge the importance of this text and I am aware hat knowing it will sharpen my perspective when reading other novels of the genre, but finishing Wilhelm Meister was a chore.

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    To which degree does Goethe s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, the prototypical Bildungsroman, speak to us today Maybe first of all as a counterweight to the fragmented postmodern condition Though I started reading this work mostly as a sort of historical document, I found that it has to offer than just that It s a fairly easy read I never quite got used to the stylized and archaic language though and especially in those parts that focuses on the inner state of the protagonist On the other hand, Goethe s descriptions of the theatre and individual actors actually sometimes have an almost contemporary feel and so does his great wit and irony whenever it shines through Other parts of the book can be longwinded, particularly those dealing with e.g the ideals of pietism, but even here the characters have some interesting traits and it also serves as an efficient contrast to the lighthearted life in the theatre group The sections and layers of the book that are influenced by freemasonry are a lot intriguing Throughout the book, Goethe moves effortlessly from the subjective to the objective the individual versus the world the young Wilhelm comes crashing into a world he doesn t quite understand, with high hopes for himself and with boundless naivet , yet manages to learn from his many strange encounters and to build character and integrity, slowly becoming his own person almost in spite of himself it would seem, but still because of his innate character traits and the interaction with the outside world The novel can easily be seen as an expression of Goethe s Ganzheitsdenken, and as for the development of the protagonist, there is little of what can be characterized as idealistic loftiness to it as opposed to that of the protagonist himself , but rather a gradual insight gained through his encounters with the various other characters and through his work, Goethe aims to educate his reader as well as young Wilhelm While, in the end, Wilhelm Meister successfully concludes his apprenticeship, I suppose it can be said that it is up to the individual reader to make a similar achievement This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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    The bildungsroman is generally considered to have been created by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the 18th century with his novels Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship and The Sorrows of Young Werther The main theme of this genre is seeing the protagonist mature from childhood into adulthood, and usually endure a series of challenges and obstacles along the way The hero of Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship dreams of a life in the theatre, as exotic to him as space travel might seem to us When an actress breaks his heart, he sets off with a touring company, encountering strange characters such as Mignon, an androgynous child, and a gloomy harp playing minstrel whose songs Schubert set so beautifully Goethe s writing is simple, elegant and uncluttered the naturalism lures us into a story that gets odder by the page.While there are coincidences mount and things are muddled by a book within the book that seems a complete digression I found this book appealing by its very strangeness It has been very influential and one writer hugely influenced by it, surely, was Franz Kafka So were Walter Scott, James Hogg and Thomas Carlyle Goethe s sense of the uncanny found a receptive audience in 19th century Scotland It remains for twenty first century audiences to decide for themselves if it still has that appeal.

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    Perhaps not the tightest ship of a novel, but certainly all its intellectual cannons were blasting the world to bits Much in the same way as reading Balzac, Tolstoy, or Marx, one feels that he or she is spending a sliver of time in the mind of genius while journeying with Wilhelm I was particularly attracted by Goethe s expressions of Eastern philosophy especially in the Indenture I felt as though I was reading Lao Tzu and could certainly see the inspiration Herr Hesse must have found in ol Johann Wolfgang.

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    Ben Jonson, observing that certain actors credited his rival, Shakespeare, with never blotting out a word of his writing, retorted Would he had blotted out a thousand Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship, from a modern perspective,would benefit from easily ten times that many deletions.

    Clearly this is not a novel for current tastes, and prolixity is only one of its barriers to contemporary readership Another is its somnambulistic pacing Scenes run on interminably, fleshed out in detail than even a patient reader could want In most of those scenes, there is a single event and paragraphs of exposition on some character s usually Wilhelm s emotional reaction to it.

    In the midst of the story there is a novella length digression entitled Confessions of a Fair Saint It completely derails the flow of the story in order to allow an irritating, sanctimonius female character to natter on ad nauseum about her relgiosity The significant content of the Fair Saint to the main story could have been mercifully condensed to a single page, since, thereafter, she is only mentioned once, and that in passing, perhaps a hundred pages later

    The main story is written from a third person limited perspective, so that we generally see no deeply into the book s other characters than the none too discerning Wilhelm sees The other characters and there are than 20 of them are reduced to one dimensional ciphers.

    Wilhelm himself is the arch adolescent a randy dilettante, falling in and out of love with every character in a skirt while launching, then abandoning, one career after another.

    Though the novel is certainly no comedy, the plot borders on farce Wilhelm, mid story, suddenly finds that he is being recruited into a small coterie of minor league bermenschen who have been secretly following his stumbling progress through the world why and how never being adequately explained Characters appear, disappear and reappear with a frequency that would only be plausible if Germany were the size of Key West To crown the absurdity, every character in the novel who hasn t conveniently died by the last chapter is lumped into an all s well that ends well conclusion that beggars belief.

    That conclusion leaves Wilhelm wealthy, betrothed to the girl of his dreams, and blessed with the sort of social connections that make self definition a real possibility, at once underscoring and undermining what would seem to have been Goethe s central thesis that the key distinction between the 18th Century aristocrat and the burgher the commoner of attainments was neither wealth nor power, but the nobleman s freedom to define himself without hindrance he is entitled to press forward, whereas nothing beseems the burgher than the quiet feeling of the limits that are drawn around him The burgher may not ask himself What art thou He can only ask What hast thou What discernment, knowledge, talent, wealth

    The burgher can only enjoy an approximation of that self creation by going on the stage, where he may play a king or noble and thereby acquire, at least for the moment, the privilege of defining himself as they do On the boards a polished man appears in his splendor with personal accomplishments and there I shall have it in my power to be and seem as well as anywhere This thought provoking foreshadowing of the celebrity intoxication of our own age would have been a perfect climax for the story, but appears alas at just about its midpoint.

    Given all the exasperations Wilhelm Meister poses for the modern reader, why do I rate it at four stars Because it is a major work by one of the Western world s greatest minds, filled with brilliant aphorisms about the human condition Its style, so quaint and formal to modern readers, its plotting, so implausible by today s standard, befit its era, which is long gone So, too, are the world altering events of that era, among them the French and American Revolutions and the ideas that spawned them A world was coming of age, and this first Bildungsroman, this prototype coming of age novel, was perhaps the most important literary evocation of that new world.

    Wilhelm Meister is not for the reader seeking only entertainment, and Goethe never intended it to be, even for the readers of his far intellectual age As Wilhelm muses at one point, The rude man is content if he sees but something going on the man of refinement must be made to feel the man entirely refined, desires to reflect

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    Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is a legendary often referred to as the first bildungsroman and hence the direct ancestor of such celebrated twentieth century novels as The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man , Sons and Lovers and Look Homeward Angel The classic English language bildungsromans of the 20th century are autobiographical novels that describe the childhood and adolescent years of a young writer leaving him in his early twenties ready to embark on his literary career Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is an altogether different animal describing the amorous adventures of a young man with a troupe of actors and is a confused mess.In Goethe His Life and Times , Richard Friedenthal offers an explanation of how Goethe came to produce such a dreadful dog s breakfast Between 1777 and 1785 Goethe wrote a book that was published as Wilhelm Meister s Theatrical Calling In the 1790, Goethe decided to revise the Theatrical Calling publishing it between 1795 and 1796 as the Apprenticeship For the second version, Goethe changed both the characteristics and dramatic roles of many of the dramatis personae Thus in the final version, the plot takes bizarre turns and the characters are wildy inconsistent in their actions Thematically, the work zigs and zags about in appalling fashion In places Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship is like Jean Jacques Rousseau s Nouvelle Heloise The story of a troupe of itinerant actors that is similar to Paul Scarron s Roman Comique There is a Masonic section that brings to mind Mozart s Magic Flute and Potocki s Lost Manuscript of Saragossa Finally, Goethe throws in a manifesto arguing that Shakespearean drama must replace French Classicism in the theatres of Europe Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship has long been recognized as a brutal slog I find nothing to say in its defence.

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    I did not finish this It s extremely long and rather boring and I could just not bring myself to read further than 55 pages Maybe one day.

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    A book which deals with Wilhelm Meister growing from a young man to an adult, on the way he meets obstacles and trials He falls in love and picks up with various characters, both noble and poor.Some of the characters are there as merely background but there is a central core through the book Some seem childish, constantly causing problems whilst others appear wise beyond their years and are the voices of reason Mignon, an old soul in a young body, and one of the best characters of the book May have to track down the travels of Wilhelm Meister in order to find out what happened next.