The Theory of Georg Büchner's Aesthetics and Its Execution in the "Lenz" Novelle
Storch, Suezanne Shirley
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Since the turn of the present century, critics have taken a keen interest in the works of the early nineteenth century writer Georg Buchner. Modern critics have come to accept his realistic literary style which was contrary to the beliefs of his contemporaries. Buchner's main concern was the endless struggle of man, not only with his environment, but also with himself. Each one of his works presents the various degrees of unpleasantness which torments the common man. Such subject presentation was all too harsh for the people familiar with the fantasy of the preceding romantic era. Buchner was a nonconformist whose literary efforts were long considered shams and disgraces. This study is an attempt to disclose the basic aesthetical elements Buchher employed to create realistic scenes. It will provide a discussion of his aesthetics and include an evaluation of his ideals as demonstrated in the prose composition Lenz.With honors.