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1st Student's Major

World Languages and Cultures

1st Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Students' Professional Biography

Anthony Magestro (MNSU '15) is a freelance writer and project manager. Having graduated with a Bachelor's degree in German, he intends to pursue future professional and educational goals in the studies of linguistics and social philosophy. He also owns his own web domain "Start 2 Continue," which focuses on the video game industry, namely independent developers, consumer and business ethics, and games as art and other cultural works.

Mentor's Name

Dr. Nadja Krämer

Mentor's Email Address

nadja.kramer@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

World Languages and Cultures

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

This project examines Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Die Leiden des jungen Werther (The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1774) and his early poetry and their influence on the German literary movement of Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress, 1770-1785). As a reaction to the rise of rationalism, Goethe’s texts embody the value of raw, subjective emotion versus logical, objective understanding of the preceding Enlightenment period. Through his literature, Goethe challenges the status quo of absolute rule of church and state as well as humanity’s relationship with God: are we bound to the laws of the Almighty’s design or are we, in turn, creators of our own reality?

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