Siegfried Lenz's Das Vorbild: Reflection on the Controversial Meaning of an Exemplary Model Through Main Characters
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 7, Issue 2, March 2019, Pages: 43-48
Received: Apr. 5, 2019; Accepted: May 20, 2019; Published: Jun. 12, 2019
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Kim Dongjo, German Language and Literature, College of Humanities, Pusan University, Pusan, Republic of Korea
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Three educators are given the task of completing the textbooks representing Germany by the Ministry of Education. They have a lot of discussion to find an exemplary model that young people can trust and follow in their textbook. However, despite their numerous discussions, their assessment and judgment on a role model do not reach consensus. The private stories of the main characters in this work allows us to reflect on the appropriateness and legitimacy of these characters who play a role in presenting the exemplary model to others. In other words, they must undergo a process of review by writers and readers in the process of finding a role model. This work has educational intent in that the discussion surrounding the example implies the inevitability of doubt and the impossibility of absolute truth to readers. It is natural that they can’t find an exemplary model. Because the author Lenz thought that modern people are living in a society that is open to education and that society should maintain cooperation among different forms of life in social free space. Textbooks where a variety of exemplary models are discussed and different ways of life and different modes of behavior are allowed are justified. Clearly, there is no absolute role model without any doubt, and the absolute model must always be retractable. Lenz sets the example to critical questions. He just questions and doubts. This is because he wants to teach his readers.
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Exemplary Model, Main Characters, Educational Intent, Inevitability of Doubt, Impossibility of Absolute Truth
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Kim Dongjo, Siegfried Lenz's Das Vorbild: Reflection on the Controversial Meaning of an Exemplary Model Through Main Characters, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2019, pp. 43-48. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190702.12
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