After a scanty education, he entered the Prussian Army in , served in the Rhine campaign of , and retired from the service in with the rank of lieutenant. He studied law and philosophy at the Viadrina University and in received a subordinate post in the Ministry of Finance at Berlin. On a journey to Dresden in , Kleist was arrested by the French as a spy; he remained a close prisoner of France in the Fort de Joux. Captivated by the intellectual and musical accomplishments of the terminally ill Henriette Vogel de , Kleist, who was himself more disheartened and embittered than ever, agreed to do her bidding and die with her, carrying out this resolution by first shooting Vogel and then himself on the shore of the Kleiner Wannsee Little Wannsee near Potsdam , on 21 November
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Everyone has to decide for themselves whether to join in or swim against the tide. His talent is undisputed and enthusiastic even the new rulers, who like to surround themselves with artists. But many recognize the signs of the times and go abroad, into exile. Also Hendrik stands for a moment before this decision: Go or stay.
But living as a poor refugee abroad? He does not have to think twice. He betrays his wife, his companions, his friends and gives himself completely: the intoxication of prominence, of money and the feeling of finally being at the top. And so becomes the "monkey of power, the clown for the dispersion of the murderers". Klaus Mann has this "novel of a career" - less key novel, to which he is often shortened, because sharp and timeless literary analysis of the political coward - written in in anger and exile in Amsterdam : Bitterly he had to register how rampant a baseless Opportunism was spreading.
Even and especially artists were no exception. Mann states in Mephisto the attempt to tell something about those whose career is more important than their conscience, and thus continues to pose valid questions today about artistic self-realization and personal integrity. Subject to change.
Heinrich von Kleist
History[ edit ] The play was written after the Prussian defeat by Napoleon I , and it has been speculated that Kleist meant it as a call for resistance to the French. Recent scholarship contradicts and refutes such speculation. Plot[ edit ] Hermann , Prince of Cherusci is beset from two sides. The Suebi , Maroboduus stands in the southeast of his country and calls a toll on him. The Roman general Varus threatened him with three legions from the West and offers his help against Marbod, but he has secretly offered to act with him against Hermann.
Die Hermannsschlacht (Kleist)
Retrieved from hegmannsschlacht https: On a journey hermansnschlacht Dresden inKleist was arrested by the French as a spy; he remained a close prisoner of France in the Fort de Joux. Books by Heinrich von Kleist. Trivia About Die Hermannsschlacht. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.