Lessing's Emilia Galotti

Lessing's Emilia Galotti

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...to avenge herself upon him, discloses to Odoardo the plot, and gives him the dagger. Or, to choose another example, what is more natural for a woman like Claudia than to wish to live for a time near the court, to be presented to the prince, and to feel flattered by his attentions to her daughter? If she were a somewhat wiser mother, the first meeting of Emilia and the prince could never have taken place. When Claudia finally realizes the mistake she has committed in introducing Emilia to the prince, she must urge her to say nothing to Appiani of the meeting in church. And yet, if Appiani had been informed of this event, the action of the drama would doubtless have taken quite a different course. How well motivated is the murder of Appiani! Marinelli must hate a man of Appiani's independence, especially since he knows that the prince respects him and wishes to attach him to his court, and that therefore his own position as the first court favorite is in danger. When he is challenged by Appiani to a duel, we know that he will not have the courage to fight, and so he arranges for the murder of the count, because he can thereby dispose of a rival, gratify his personal revenge, and serve the prince at the same time. From these and other examples it is clear that every character in the drama acts for his own interests) and yet all these individual actions naturally work into each other, and all unite to produce the catastrophe. The drama is therefore by no means an intrigue, as Hettner calls it, but one of the best characterdramas in German literature. It has also been often urged that in our tragedy vice conquers virtue, because Emilia dies, and Marinelli and the prince escape unpunished. According to this point of view, life ought to be the...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236823273
  • 9781236823274