Die Mißlungene Apotheose Des Prinzen Von Homburg

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Abstract

The essay deals with the question whether the ending of Kleist's last drama actually warrants the interpretation, still current in recent criticism, that the Prince's mock-execution leads him to a harmoniously balanced relation to society, thus solving the conflict between state and individual. Doubting this, the author follows a different critical trend which disputes the happy solution for the ending. The argumentation for this different view finds new support in the Prince's monologues and a thorough re-interpretation of the last scene. It is inherent in the nature of the subject that in the end there remain again more new questions than the essay itself could answer.

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