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Effi Briest (Version 2)

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Effi Briest is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of societal expectations, marriage, and the consequences of living in a rigid, patriarchal society. The story follows the life of Effi, a young woman who is married off to an older, distant man. As she navigates the restrictions placed upon her by society and her husband, Effi finds solace in a forbidden affair that ultimately leads to her downfall.

Fontane's writing is exquisite, drawing readers in with his vivid descriptions and attention to detail. The characters are well-developed, each with their own flaws and motivations that drive the narrative forward. Effi's journey is both heart-wrenching and thought-provoking, as she struggles to find her place in a world that seeks to stifle her independence and desires.

Overall, Effi Briest is a powerful and haunting tale that explores the impact of societal norms on individual lives. Fontane's masterful storytelling and poignant themes make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in classic literature.

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Effi Briest ist ein Roman von Theodor Fontane, der von 1894 bis 1895 zunächst als Fortsetzungsroman in der Deutschen Rundschau abgedruckt wurde, bevor er 1896 als Buch erschien. Das Werk gilt als ein Höhe- und Wendepunkt des poetischen Realismus der deutschen Literatur: Höhepunkt, weil der Autor kritische Distanz mit einer schriftstellerischen Eleganz verbindet, die bisher ihresgleichen suchte; Wendepunkt, weil Fontane zum bedeutendsten Geburtshelfer des deutschen Gesellschaftsromans wurde. Beschrieben wird das Schicksal Effi Briests, die als siebzehnjähriges Mädchen auf Zureden ihrer Mutter den mehr als doppelt so alten Baron von Innstetten heiratet.

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