Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Werther, from Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther. He’s an insufferable little monster. I read the book for a class titled “Literature and the Art(ifice) of Love,” where we read a couple epistolary novels, and Ovid, and Sappho, and Dante, and some other stuff, and mainly talked about the artifice of love. It was pretty awesome – the class was. It was one of the few classes in which I read AND actually thoroughly enjoyed Shakespeare (since we didn’t just read it on a surface level, and actually discussed the wordplay, and admitted there was TONS of bawdiness). I was gratified to find that I wasn’t the only person who thought La Vita Nuova was more than a little creepy. And we all hated Werther and cheered when he finally killed himself. Good fucking riddance! And if only he’d done it sooner.
I have no patience for Eugene Onegin, either, unsurprisingly.