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Wilhelm Tell

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  4,209 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Das 1804 erschienene und in Weimar – unter der Regie von Johann Wolfgang Goethe – uraufgeführte Blankvers-Drama Wilhelm Tell war Friedrich Schillers letztes und lange Zeit erfolgreichstes Stück. Das Geschichtsdrama spielt um 1300 in der Schweiz und behandelt den Freiheitskampf der Urkantone. Der überzeugte Einzelkämpfer Wilhelm Tell wird – wider Willen, aber im eigenen Int ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 2000 by Reclam Philipp Jun. (first published 1804)
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Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, switzerland

I learnt to read thanks to a fortnightly magazine called Story Teller that was around in the early 80s – it was one of those publications that came with a cassette taped to the front cover, on which various celebrities of the day could be heard reading out fairytales and children's stories, while you read along in the lavishly-illustrated magazine. Frankly, every child deserves to grow up listening to Brian Blessed bellow out The Elves and the Shoemaker, or Joanna Lumley politely explain Gullive
Andrei Tamaş
Friedrich Schiller, a doua cea mai proeminentă figură a romantismului german, după Goethe, a reuşit -prin "Wilhelm Tell"- să creeze una dintre cele mai grăitoare drame istorice ce au ca tematică libertatea. Fiind inspirată din istoria Evului Mediu precoce, cea din urmă lucrare a lui Schiller prezintă lupta pentru libertate a şviţerilor, împotriva despotismului feudal.
Acţiunea dramei este plasată în secolul XIV.
Vocea autorului este întru totul justificată şi se poate explica logic: secolul al XV
Although Friedrich Schiller's Wilhelm Tell is truly and certainly one of my all time favourite plays, period, and while I have indeed read and reread this masterpiece of German Classicism religiously and repeatedly since I first had to peruse Wilhelm Tell in 1986 (for a fourth year undergraduate German literature course on both Goethe and Schiller that I somehow was at least partially manipulated into taking during my second year), I have actually and unfortunately never had the chance to see it ...more
We were forced to read this in school, when we were way too young to dig it. I have to re-read it someday. Until then I enjoy this "review" by Jürgen von Manger (alias Adolf Tegtmeier) whose prose in Ruhrdeutsch is unbeatable. I am glad I found it on youtube .
Here's the transcript I made:
Ja. Ich hatte ja wider Teaterkarten geschenkt gekricht, ne?, weil bei uns im Haus der war verhindert, der musste zum Kegln, und hab ich gesehen: Willem Tell. Das is ein Schauspiel von, äh – na wie he
After Die Räuber I felt a sense of Schiller's play as returning to and experimenting with ideals of political legitimacy and establishing new societies - unsurprising concerns for a writer at the end of the Ancien Regime era, in Wallenstein the traditional authority of the Emperor trumps the personal loyalty to the General and paymaster, while the robbers mutual loyalty and commitment to raising crime levels everywhere proves undesirable and unsustainable, only in Tell does a society founded on ...more
Frau G.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schullektüre, die in Erinnerung geblieben ist. An diesem Werk wurde mit der fünfhebige Jambus erklärt und das passende Zitat "Durch diese hohle Gasse muss er kommen..." kann ich heute noch rezitieren. Und ich war damals so froh, dass alles halbwegs gut ausgegangen ist ;-)
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Late 15th century, Switzerland.
Wilhelm Tell is a local folk hero. He is forced by a tyrannic ruler to shoot at an apple, placed on his son's head at a distance of a hundred feet.
He succeeds without wounding his son, but in revenge, later kills the tyrant and his country gains independence.
This famous play, by Friedrich Schiller, is amazing in beauty of language and dialogs, I would say of Shakespearean quality.
I had read it long ago in my young school years but names and the action came quickly
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Many people have heard of Wilhelm Tell, and the shooting of an apple off of a head. I had not really heard the full story of Schiller’s play. It seems odd that so few lines would be included for the title character, but this is not a play about Wilhelm Tell. He is an obscure Swiss hunter, who lives under the government of the tyrant Gessler. Gessler fills the jails with the peasantry, and his abuse finally spills over into rebellion. Tell does not seem to seek a lead role, rather promising suppo ...more
Physical freedom and liberty of the soul are central ideas of Schiller’s literature. In his very first play The Robbers (1781), Schiller spoke of the ideas of liberty. His famous play Wilhelm Tell, on which Rossini’s famous opera is based, was also a tribute to freedom. The Romantic influence is apparent in Wilhelm Tell: “The mountain cannot frighten one who was born on it.” Indeed, this play was also a tribute to men living close to nature—the Romantic ideal of the harmony between nature and ma ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
"HEDWIGIA: Han de elegir para ti el puesto de más peligro; como simpre ... te cabrá en suerte lo más arduo.
TELL: A cada cual, según sus medios.
HEDWIGIA: Durante la tempestad condujiste a un hombre de Unterwald por el lago, y milagro es que hayas vuelto. ¿Pero no piensas nunca en tu esposa y en tus hijos?
TELL: ¡Ah! cara esposa, ¿no pensaba en vosotros cuando devolvía un padre a sus hijos?"

Esta pieza de teatro del alemán Schiller nos habla sobre el héroe del pueblo Guillermo Tell quien junto a muc
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
I was really interested in this drama, because 1) I promised myself to read more dramas, and I found this one in our collection, 2) I've always been intrigued by the whole William Tell legend, because it is a main part of our national deck cards in Hungary, but I knew little about it (only the apple scene)

I really liked this drama. What I liked most is that it was just not a mere historical tableaux/costume drama only showing the great deeds and happenings, but it was also really lyrical, dramat
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Es sind ein paar schöne Zitate dabei und das Werk beinhaltet eine gute Botschaft, aber sonst fand ich es nicht gelungen. Charakter-Overload.
Elliott Bignell
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing in English for consistency with my stream.

Friends of ours recently took my wife and I, plus mother, for a cruise on the Vierwaldstättersee and a baptism as Swiss-by-choice. We saw the Tellstein from the steamer, the stone to which Tell is reputed to have jumped before force-marching round a local alp to ambush and shoot down Gessler. It seemed a good time to read this!

No-one is really sure how much of the Tell story is based in reality. I have heard it said that no-one can say whether
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one is the second book by Schiller that I’ve ever read and I can’t stop loving it. Even though my experience is not enough (there’s still some books by him that I must read) I can perfectly see some differences between the first one he published (Die Räuber, coinciding on being my first lecture of German literature) and this one, the last book he wrote. You can clearly identify his improvement in his narration of the set and the plot. The book has a lot more characters (which in my case mad ...more
Gijs Grob
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Spannend toneelstuk over de bevrijding van Zwitserland, waarin de legendarische figuur Wilhelm Tell een sleutelrol vervult, doch geenszins de hoofdrol speelt.

Schillers stuk is levendig en vol drama geschreven en het is soms moeilijk voor te stellen hoe dit live op het toneel gebracht kan worden. Zijn karakters zijn veel minder uitgewerkt: het betreft veelal nobele lieden die het centrale idee van vrijheid nastreven, een in de nasleep van de Franse revolutie zeer actueel thema. Het is dan ook, na
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-school, classics, play
Luga izcēla pašaizliedzības nozīmi. Tēlu varoņu kā sabiedrības spēja mainīties un vienoties kopīga mērķa sasniegšanai aizkustināja, taču tajā pašā laikā sarūgtināja, jo tas laikam tāds nesasniedzams ideāls vien ir. Bet labais vienmēr uzvar ļauno. Vismaz tā jādomā.
Linda Köller
2.5/5 stars
Ft. Sheridan
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free Switzerland!
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya
Guilherme Tell é obrigado a provar sua habilidade com a atiradeira. Para isso, terá de acertar uma flecha em uma maçã colocada sobre a cabeça do próprio filho.
Nikolin Kote
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
lufta per liri gjithmone do triumfoje ne hovet e njerezve qe e kerkojne ate
Ethan Nahté
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The special slipcover 1952 edition release from Heritage Press includes a four-page newsletter issued for the members of the Heritage Club. Based around the true events of the rebellion in Switzerland against Austria in 1291, William Tell is a translation of Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller's original play Wilhelm Tell, which was the basis for Rossini's opera, which is still a popular performance in Germany and Switzerland. The book has an introductory essay to familiarize readers with th ...more
anna ✨
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Slightly confused?
Home Ice-bloxx
Oct 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1. Aufzug- Baumgartens Rettung durch Tell
In der Schweiz. Es gibt einen gemeinen Landvogt, Wolfenschießen sein Name. Dieser dringt “mit unverhohlener Lust” in Baumgartens Hütte und will gerade seine Frau zwingen, ihm ein Bad zu machen, da kommt Baumgarten mit der Axt und köpft ihn.
Nun muss Baumgarten von Wolfenschießens Gefolge fliehen und rennt zu Landleuten an

den See, doch ein Sturm zieht auf und niemand traut sich ihn auf die andere Seite zu bringen. Tell, der Held kommt und fährt ihm he
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1. Aufzug- Baumgartens Rettung durch Tell
In der Schweiz. Es gibt einen gemeinen Landvogt, Wolfenschießen sein Name. Dieser dringt “mit unverhohlener Lust” in Baumgartens Hütte und will gerade seine Frau zwingen, ihm ein Bad zu machen, da kommt Baumgarten mit der Axt und köpft ihn.
Nun muss Baumgarten von Wolfenschießens Gefolge fliehen und rennt zu Landleuten an

den See, doch ein Sturm zieht auf und niemand traut sich ihn auf die andere Seite zu bringen. Tell, der Held kommt und fährt ihm he
Vatroslav Herceg
May 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ovo djelo nije nikada bilo prevedeno na našijenski. U Znanstvenoj knjižnici u Zadru jedino izdanje ovog djela jest ono Srpske književne zadruge objavljeno u Beogradu 1922. na ćirilici.
Predgovor iz daleke 1922. bio je izuzetno zanimljiv za čitanje. Napisan je od strane Miloša Trivunca. Predgovor je pozitivističke naravi, Trivunac u njemu ističe kako je Schiller koristio historigrafiju i povijesne dokumente radi vjernijeg dočaravanja kasno srednjovjekovne Švicarske. Zanimljiva je srpska inačica ri
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
William Tell is an odd piece of drama and propaganda. I have to admit to being quite disappointed. The work did not live up to the hype that preceded it. The poetry, in particular, was rather plain and many of the scenes wooden and preachy. Granted, the publisher of the book described the translation (by Theodore Martin) as “good but not great.” (I wish I had read that before buying the book.) So the problem might have been there.

The introduction written by Thomas Carlyle is an absurd homage to
Oct 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, classics
ویلیام تل (به آلمانی ویلهم تل)، 1804، افسانه ای ست کهنه از یک قهرمان سوئیسی علیه استعمار امپراطوری هابسبورگ ها (اطریش و مجارستان) در قرن چهاردهم میلادی. ویلیام تل در تیراندازی شهره است. هنگام گرفتاری به او پیشنهاد می شود سیبی را روی سر فرزندش، از فاصله ی صد یاردی هدف قرار دهد، تا آزاد شود، در غیر این صورت سرش بر باد خواهد رفت. ویلیام در رها کردن تیر، تردید دارد در حالی که فرزندش او را تشویق می کند؛ می دانم مرا با تیر نخواهی زد...
این نمایش نامه ی مشهور شیللر توسط محمدعلی جمالزاده به فارسی ترجمه
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot of cognitive dissonance today in reading the story of a struggle for freedom on the part of petty lords and minor landholders, who maintain households of bondsmen and shepherds. (If only the Tea Party called themselves the Tell Party, and gave us back our heritage). Oh well. The cruel oppressions of the Austrian monarchy are justifiably memorable (spoiler: Tell has to shoot an apple off his brave lad's head . . . or else they die) and the set pieces work. I can see how this would b ...more
Capítulo IV
"La obra de Schiller tiene el sabor de una tragedia griega rodeada de grandes montañas suizas. La acción está dividida en cinco actos y tiene como tema fundamental la lucha por la libertad. La historia, ambientada en el s. XIV aproximadamente, nos cuenta cómo los tres cantones suizos se alían para frenar el abuso de poder del gobernador imperial. En este ambiente de lucha surge la figura de Guillermo Tell, héroe nacional que defiende la libertad del pueblo". Más en https://capitulocuarto.wordpre ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Yes, it is a classic and for a time it would have excited people and it was this book that spawned the opera William Tell of overture fame. But read from a modern perspective it is really a little hard to get excited about. But I guess its reading if only to read about him shooting the apple off his son's head. But there is a bit much of pledging to defend each other and the homeland from the corrupt leaders in charge. If you love a story about freedom and you don't mind some dated language this ...more
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Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (November 10, 1759 – May 9, 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist. During the last few years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Goethe, with whom he greatly discussed issues concerning aesthetics, encouraging Goethe to finish works h ...more
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