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Nathan der Weise

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Nathan der Weise (1779 erschienen und 1783 uraufgeführt) ist eines der zentralen Werke der deutschen Aufklärung. Der Text, der sich mit seiner Bezeichnung als "dramatisches Gedicht" der Festlegung auf eine der dramatischen Gattungen entzieht, trug wesentlich dazu bei, den Blankvers als den klassischen deutschen Dramenvers zu etablieren. Mit seinem ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1993 by Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam jun. Verlag GmbH (first published 1779)
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 r
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
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!
Mohammad Ali
نمره ی وافعی: دو و نیم

نمایشنامه ای است پیرامون تساهل مذهبی - مشوق دوستی سه آیین ابراهیمی و دست برداشتن از تعصبات. داستان در اورشلیم و در آستان صلاح الدین ایوبی می گذرد، او نماینده ی اسلام داستان است، یک جنگجوی صلیبی نماینده ی مسیحیت و یک تاجر یهودی نماینده ی یهودیت. در پایان داستان آشکار می شود که این سه نفر، سببی یا نسبی، با هم خویشاوندند. اوج داستان را باید در تمثیل انگشتر جادویی و سه پسر جست که گویا اصلش از دکامرون بوکاچو است

برای من آغاز نمایشنامه جذاب نبود اما از اواسط کتاب به بعد، خصوصا بعد
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ah ja, Nathan der Weise einer der besten Stücke, 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 ursprünglich aus England stammt. Normalerweise fällt niemanden außer der hartgesottenen Germanisten Dinge wie ein Metrum auf,
David Alexander
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more ...more
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Nathan der Weise" ist der Titel eines fünfaktigen Dramas in klassischem Aufbau. Es wurde 1783 in Berlin uraufgeführt und beschäftigt 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 schließlich die enge Verwandtschaft der drei monotheistische
Jan 02, 2015 added it
Shelves: school-reading
So today I finally had my German exam, that means that I'll (hopefully) never ever have to read this again.

Miss Bookiverse
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: intolerant people who'd probably think of it as stupid
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 Heiße" instead :P)
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Probably the worst book I ever had to read in school.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the story and what the author Lessing wanted to tell but the language was difficult to understand.
Elliott Bignell
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewing in English for consistency with my stream. (Wiedersehen auf englisch zur Förderung der Dickflüssigkeit mit meiner Strömung.)

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 c
Samuele Pasquali
Questo libro l'ho letto per il corso di letteratura all'università 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'amore 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 rin
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ph
Tim Nowotny
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich hab es nicht komplett gelesen. Dafür manche Stellen fünfmal, wenn es das vielleicht relativiert. Ich weiß nicht, wie meine Klausur darüber gelaufen ist, aber ich fand es sooo unfassbar langweilig, eine schlimmere Schullektüre habe ich tatsächlich noch nicht gehabt. (Wilhelm Tell in der achten Klasse hab ich durch Krankheit zum Glück komplett verpasst)
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story of cross-cultural (and more 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.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: school
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.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Endlich weiß ich über die Ringparabel Bescheid! Fühle mich schlau (-:
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Keine Frage die Ringparabel muss man gelesen aber noch verstanden haben
✿ Eva ✿
OH plot twist in the end but i like the actual important meaning so
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the most important work about tolerance
Vittorio Ducoli
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'illuminismo applicato al rapporto tra le religioni: una proposta sconfitta dalla storia ma di grande attualità

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing è il più noto rappresentante dell'illuminismo tedesco, e Nathan il saggio è la sua opera più famosa, quella che riassume, sotto forma di una commedia teatrale, il pensiero di questo importante letterato della seconda metà 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 classic
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Mir waren viele Charaktere zu sprunghaft. Insgesamt ist es eben nicht besonders spannend.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Zu diesem Buch bin ich eigentlich nur gekommen, weil ich es im Deutschunterricht lesen muss. Für gewöhnlich greife ich von mir aus nicht zu solchen Stücken der (Welt)Literatur und lese eher moderne Werke. Für gewöhnlich finde ich auch keinen Gefallen an solchen mehr oder minder historischen Werken. Wie gesagt: Für gewöhnlich.

"Nathan der Weise" hebt sich schon vom Schreibstil von meiner normalen Lektüre ab. Es ist nicht in Romanform, sondern in Versform geschrieben. Anderes erwartet man bei einem
Mar 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Die Idee hinter dem Buch ist wirklich sehr gut. Leider war es für mich nur sehr schwer verständlich, sodass ich das meiste aus Zusammenfassungen herausnehmen müsste, um die ganze Handlung zu verstehen.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it

Nathan kehrt von einer Reise zurück. Während seiner Abwesenheit wäre sein Haus beinahe abgebrannt und mit ihm seine einzige Tochter Recha. Sie wurde jedoch von einem unbekannten Tempelherren gerettet, für den sie auch prompt Gefühle entwickelt, die der Tempelherr jedoch nicht erwidert, ja zeigt er sich sogar besonders abweisend.


Das Buch ist in 5 Aufzüge gegliedert, die dann wiederum in verschiedene Auftritte unterteilt sind.

„Nathan der Weise“ ist ein dramatisches Ge
Czarny Pies
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in German History
Recommended to Czarny by: Christopher Clark, Iron Kingdom
Shelves: german-lit
I read Nathan the Wise because Christopher Clark in his Wolfson pirze winning history of Prussia, The Iron Kingdom , argued that the work was of enormous historical significance. The author, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, was leading figure of the German Enlightenment while the protagonist, Nathan the Wise, was modelled on Moses Mendelssohn, the leading philosopher of Jewish Enlightment.
The events of Nathan the Wise occur in Jerusalem at the time of the Third Crusade(1189-1192). The work is plea fo
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın dinler arası hoşgörü ile alakalı olduğu zaten tanıtım yazısında da mevcuttu. ancak 18. yy Avrupasında özellikle Hristiyanlığa dair bu denli kuvvetli eleştiriler olması beni şaşırttı.

Daha sonrasında yazarla ilgili yaptığım okumalarda teoloji eğitimi aldığını ve yaşadığı dönemde eleştirel düşüncesi ile ilgili çok fazla olumsuz eleştiri alması ile ilgili yaşadıklarını okudum. Din konusunda konuşmaktan men edilmesine rağmen bir tiyatro yazarak düşüncelerini belirtmekten geri kalmaması ise ya
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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 fat
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