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Nathan the Wise By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Ronald Schechter Nathan the Wise One of the most frequently performed and widely read comedies of the eighteenth century Gotthold Ephraim Lessing s Nathan the Wise combines rich characterization with an engaging plot Set in Mus
  • Title: Nathan the Wise
  • Author: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Ronald Schechter
  • ISBN: 9780312442439
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nathan the Wise By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Ronald Schechter
    Nathan the Wise By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Ronald Schechter One of the most frequently performed and widely read comedies of the eighteenth century, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing s Nathan the Wise 1779 combines rich characterization with an engaging plot Set in Muslim ruled Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, it deals with universal themes including the nature of God, antisemitism, wealth and poverty, and the conflict between lOne of the most frequently performed and widely read comedies of the eighteenth century, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing s Nathan the Wise 1779 combines rich characterization with an engaging plot Set in Muslim ruled Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, it deals with universal themes including the nature of God, antisemitism, wealth and poverty, and the conflict between love and duty Today the play is as timely as ever This edition, the first English version expressly intended for undergraduates, contains an insightful introduction that discusses the play, Lessing and the Enlightenment, and the situation of Jews in eighteenth century Europe Additionally, there are five related historical documents each with a context setting headnote illustrations, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography.
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    • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Ronald Schechter

      Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist, and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature He is widely considered by theatre historians to be the first dramaturg.Lessing was born in Kamenz, a small town in Saxony His father was a clergyman and the author of theological writings After visiting Latin School in Kamenz from 1737 onwards and the F rstenschule St Afra in Meissen from 1741 onwards he studied theology and medicine in Leipzig 1746 1748.From 1748 to 1760 he lived in Leipzig and Berlin and worked as reviewer and editor for, amongst others, the Vossische Zeitung In 1752 he took his Master s degree in Wittenberg From 1760 to 1765 he worked in Breslau now Wroc aw as secretary to General Tauentzien In 1765 he returned to Berlin, only to leave again in 1767 to work for three years as a dramaturg and adviser at the German National Theatre in Hamburg There he met Eva K nig, his future wife.In 1770 Lessing became a librarian at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenb ttel His tenure there was interrupted by many travels For example, in 1775 he journeyed to Italy accompanied by Prince Leopold.In 1771 Lessing was initiated into Freemasonry in the lodge Zu den drei Rosen in Hamburg.In 1776 he married Eva K nig, who was then a widow, in Jork near Hamburg She died in 1778 after giving birth to a short lived son On 15 February 1781, Lessing, aged 52, died during a visit to the wine dealer Angott in Brunswick.Lessing was also famous for his friendship with Jewish German philosopher Moses Mendelssohn In his celebrated biography of Mendelssohn s famous grandson, Felix, Larry Todd describes their friendship as one of the most illuminating metaphors for the clarion call of the Enlightenment for religious tolerance.Lessing was a poet, philosopher and critic His theoretical and critical writings are remarkable for their often witty and ironic style and their unerring polemics Hereby the stylistic device of dialogue met with his intention of looking at a thought from different angles and searching for elements of truth even in the arguments made by his opponents For him this truth was never solid or something which could be owned by someone but always a process of approaching.Early in his life, Lessing showed interest in the theatre In his theoretical and critical writings on the subject as in his own plays he tried to contribute to the development of a new bourgeois theatre in Germany With this he especially turned against the then predominant literary theory of Gottsched and his followers He particularly criticized the simple imitation of the French example and pleaded for a recollection of the classic theorems of Aristotle and for a serious reception of Shakespeare s works He worked with many theatre groups e.g the one of the Neuberin.In Hamburg he tried with others to set up the German National Theatre Today his own works appear as prototypes of the later developed bourgeois German drama Scholars generally see Mi Sara Sampson and Emilia Galotti as the first bourgeois tragedies, Minna von Barnhelm Minna of Barnhelm as the model for many classic German comedies, Nathan the Wise Nathan der Weise as the first German drama of ideas Ideendrama His theoretical writings Laocoon and Hamburg Dramaturgy Hamburgische Dramaturgie set the standards for the discussion of aesthetic and literary theoretical principles Lessing advocated that dramaturgs should carry their work out working directly with theatre companies rather than in isolation.In his religious and philosophical writings he defended the faithful Christian s right for freedom of thought He argued against the belief in revelation and the holding on to a literal

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    • A ring to rule them all in three identical versions Tolerance taught in a story within a story containing the one and only ring, or three of them, as the case may be Nathan Der Weise is required reading in German schools, supposedly celebrating the love and peace that can exist between Jews, Muslims and Christians, even in times of crusades I remember writing an essay on the metaphorical story Nathan told Saladin in one scene, to illustrate the interchangeable character of the three religions cl [...]


    • The wise Nathan in Lessing s dramatic poem of 1779 knows how to help He tells Sultan Saladin a story that has become known as a ring parable and as a plea for tolerance and moral action In Lessing s classic, five act drama, the conflicts finally break into a true embrace After the Christian wants to marry the Jewess but can not, Lessing unravels the threads with the unveiling of an unprecedented family history almost everyone is related to everyone Moral action, reason, humanity and religious to [...]


    • Another timely little nugget aus Deustschland And much shorter than the Quran ________Set in Jerusalem around those crusaderish times, Nathan der Weise is read by every little German Gymnasium student as a lesson in tolerance Those who discover they can tolerate each other are Muslim, Jew, and Christian Were it written today we d have to throw in that most intolerant believer, the atheist But I think we could do it



    • Ah ja, Nathan der Weise einer der besten St cke, die ich je gelesen habe Was mich zu erst verwundert hat, war der Titel Ein dramatisches Gedicht Wenn man sich allerdings die Formatierung anschaut, dann ist einem sofort klar, dass die Strukturierung einen dichterischen Aspekt hat und zwar das Metrum.Nathan der Weise besteht aus Blankversen Eine besondere Form, die urspr nglich aus England stammt Normalerweise f llt niemanden au er der hartgesottenen Germanisten Dinge wie ein Metrum auf, aber bei [...]


    • In some ways you could not ask for a better and nobler representative of the Enlightenment than Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in his Nathan, the Wise 1779 That is at least my initial, current impression of Lessing In the face of the atrocious anti Semitic caricatures and treatment of Jews by professing Christians that would eventually fester into Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Lessing portrays a Jewish character who is humane and generous In a way similar to Shakespeare, Lessing gives a human face [...]


    • Nathan der Weise ist der Titel eines f nfaktigen Dramas in klassischem Aufbau Es wurde 1783 in Berlin uraufgef hrt und besch ftigt sich mit den Themen Humanismus und Deismus.Die Idee des Deismus ist, dass Gott das Universum geschaffen hat, er im Folgenden aber keinerlei Einfluss mehr auf die Geschehnisse nimmt.Die Handlung spielt zur Zeit des Dritten Kreuzzugs Die Frage nach der wahren Religion steht im Mittelpunkt Das Ende zeigt schlie lich die enge Verwandtschaft der drei monotheistischen Reli [...]



    • Had to read it for school in 8th grade AND in 12th grade In 8th grade I hated it When I reread actually I didn t read the whole book in 8th grade some years later I thought it was okay It has some unexpected twists at the end and a nice philosophy about tolerance and religion oh and I remember calling him Satan der Hei e instead P





    • Reviewing in English for consistency with my stream Wiedersehen auf englisch zur F rderung der Dickfl ssigkeit mit meiner Str mung This short piece of work is a keystone of the Enlightenment, and is also the most accessible of the German classics that I have read to date The German level is fairly advanced and at the same time slightly archaic, but readable at an undergraduate or experienced second language level The metre, in particular, is entirely consistent and tends to draw one along comfor [...]


    • Questo libro l ho letto per il corso di letteratura all universit e devo ammettere che sono veramente contento di averlo preso in mano.Lessing ha avuto un ottima idea per la trama di questa opera mescolando il dibattito sulle varie religioni, l a e i vari misteri che si nascondono dietro i protagonisti delle vicende.La scena finale mi ha lasciato a bocca aperta per tutto il tempo grazie ai colpi di scena che sono stati ben piazzati e di impatto grazie anche al lavoro di Schiller che ha rinfresca [...]


    • INHALT Nathan kehrt von einer Reise zur ck W hrend seiner Abwesenheit w re sein Haus beinahe abgebrannt und mit ihm seine einzige Tochter Recha Sie wurde jedoch von einem unbekannten Tempelherren gerettet, f r den sie auch prompt Gef hle entwickelt, die der Tempelherr jedoch nicht erwidert, ja zeigt er sich sogar besonders abweisendFBAU UND SCHREIBSTIL Das Buch ist in 5 Aufz ge gegliedert, die dann wiederum in verschiedene Auftritte unterteilt sind Nathan der Weise ist ein dramatisches Gedicht a [...]


    • Nathan the Wise OT Nathan der Weise of G.E Lessing is maybe the most important drama of the epoch of the Enlightment Despite its age of 230 years the message of the book, the religious tolerance between the 3 big religions, is in consideration of the problems in the Middle East and terror still actual I point out the line up, which perfectly symbolizes the connection between the 3 religions and the famous Ring Parable The spelling style is a little exhausting, for which reason I remove one star. [...]


    • More school reading I remember being really into this book when we read it in school I just loved everything we studied while we read it, all that what we call meta these days And there s so much meta surrounding Nathan the Wise.Without doubt one of the most important books of German literature, and due to its main subject, religion, one that I feel very close to It s certainly not one of the books that you read purely for the reading pleasure It s all about the context, historical and philosoph [...]


    • Sagen wir es so man merk am Schriftbild, dass es ein altes Buch ist Und dshalb hab ich es nicht gern gelesen aber geh rt nunmal zum vorgeschriebenen Lesestoff der Schule dazu.Aber im Nachinein kann ich nur sagen, dass mir die Grund Story sehr gefallen hat Und am Meisten die Ringparabel Viel kann ich nicht zu dem Buch sagen.Aber wenn ihr gern so etwas lest und euch vorher erstmal grob informiert, ob es etwas f r euch ist, dann lest es einfach


    • Huh, not the wisest strategy to name your son after a novel before reading it.Fortunately for me the book is good A nice allegory about religion that still holds up today Sometimes it felt very strange to speak about it in public since a lot of the vocabulary would be considered incorrect nowadays.The ending especially is a nice conclusion that fitted the content of the book well.


    • Ich hab es nicht komplett gelesen Daf r manche Stellen f nfmal, wenn es das vielleicht relativiert Ich wei nicht, wie meine Klausur dar ber gelaufen ist, aber ich fand es sooo unfassbar langweilig, eine schlimmere Schullekt re habe ich tats chlich noch nicht gehabt Wilhelm Tell in der achten Klasse hab ich durch Krankheit zum Gl ck komplett verpasst


    • This story of cross cultural and importantly cross religion communication was written by an extremely progressive thinker, and did not fall prey to the many anti Semitic cliches that one so often finds in similar literature This is a very illuminating play, and has a great deal of bearing on the tribulations of today s world as well.


    • Ich lese Dramen nicht so gerne, da ich aus dem Lesefluss gerate, wenn ich immer den Namen einer Person lesen muss, bevor es im Text weitergeht Allein deshalb schon hat mir Nathan der Weise nicht allzu sehr gefallen.Allerdings mochte ich die Thematik von Toleranz gegen ber anderen Religionen Das, finde ich, ist ein wichtiger Grund, der f r das Buch spricht.


    • Ich weiss nicht wie ich das bewerten soll Im Endeffekt mag ich die Geschichte, auch wenn sie seltsam ist und die Ringparabel ist in dem Zusammenhang auch gut, nur mag ich sie nicht analysieren nach den Ferien.






    • L illuminismo applicato al rapporto tra le religioni una proposta sconfitta dalla storia ma di grande attualit Gotthold Ephraim Lessing il pi noto rappresentante dell illuminismo tedesco, e Nathan il saggio la sua opera pi famosa, quella che riassume, sotto forma di una commedia teatrale, il pensiero di questo importante letterato della seconda met del XVIII secolo.La vita e le opere di Lessing sono bene illustrate nel bel saggio di Emilio Bonfatti che fa da introduzione a questa classica edizio [...]


    • It actually wasn t as bad as I thought it would be when I started it, the language is a bit hard even for germans, but the storyline wasn t bad Had some really smart sayings in it The ending was trash tho so three stars



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