Macht und Ohnmacht der Erziehung: Kleist im Kontext von Wieland und Schiller
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Starting from Kleist’s lifelong reflection on education, the essay explores how Kleist criticizes imitation on the level of pedagogy and draws aesthetic conclusions from this which relate to Wieland and Schiller in a constructive way. He learns from both of them that it is not necessarily the presentation of the morally good in art which has the greatest effect. Wieland inspires him to a comic and Schiller to a sublime representation of mistakes from which the reader, rather than the hero, can learn.