Gretchen's infanticide

In the scene At The Well, Gretchen herself describes the sequence of events best and in all their fateful simplicity. It is the progress from "sin" to "shame", that is to public disgrace as soon as her private transgress
In the scene At The Well, Gretchen herself describes the sequence of events best and in all their fateful simplicity. It is the progress from "sin" to "shame", that is to public disgrace as soon as her private transgression becomes "visible" as pregnancy. Already here the painful confusion over her private perception ("good, dear love", lines 3585/6) and public judgment ("slut", line 3753) which will eventually drive her mad is obvious. In her derangement and despair she will destroy the evidence against her, that is, drown her child.
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Author:Herbert Deinert
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1147431
URL:http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/hd11/Gretchen.html
Document Type:Working Paper
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/02/08
Year of first Publication:2010
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/02/08
SWD-Keyword:Brandt; Gretchen; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Kindesmord ; Susanna Margaretha
Note:
Herbert Deinert (Professor of German Studies, Emeritus) Department of German Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853. Zusätzliches Material findet sich unter: http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/hd11/
HeBIS PPN:223658286
Dewey Decimal Classification:832 Deutsche Dramen
Sammlungen:GiNDok
BDSL-Classification:BDSL-Klassifikation: 13.00.00 Goethezeit > 13.14.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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