FRANK WEDEKIND SPRING AWAKENING PDF

Two Stories Net, 25c. By mail, 29c. No idea a could be more mistaken. It is a tragedy of frightful import, and its action is concerned with the development of natural instincts in the adolescent of both sexes.

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Access options available:. Among the emerging topics for serious consideration were youth and the issues that concerned them. Spring Awakening is a harbinger of the youth culture that became the focus for much of twentieth-century dramatic art and literature. Wedekind, who seems to have cultivated a perpetual rebellious youth mentality, takes a stand clearly on the side of the raw and primitive and challenges the rules of traditional drama in ways that resonated among his successors and continue into the twenty-first century.

His first play, Spring Awakening , was written in —91 and finally received its first, [End Page 20] controversial, production in The most disturbing part for the adult audience, however, may have been its condemnation and merciless satire of a bumbling education system, adult bureaucratic ineptitude, and criminally ignorant parenting.

The play focuses on Melchior, a blithe but worldly and atheistic fourteen-year-old boy to whom the other boys come for information and insights and who is the object of the admiring longing of the girls. The third principal character, Wendla, is a naive girl who still Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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Spring Awakening

Access options available:. Among the emerging topics for serious consideration were youth and the issues that concerned them. Spring Awakening is a harbinger of the youth culture that became the focus for much of twentieth-century dramatic art and literature. Wedekind, who seems to have cultivated a perpetual rebellious youth mentality, takes a stand clearly on the side of the raw and primitive and challenges the rules of traditional drama in ways that resonated among his successors and continue into the twenty-first century.

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Spring's Awakening

It carries the sub-title A Children's Tragedy. During an argument over the length of her skirt, Wendla Bergmann confides to her mother that she sometimes thinks about death. When she asks her mother if that is sinful, her mother avoids the question. Wendla jokes that she may one day wear nothing underneath the long dress. After school Melchior Gabor and Moritz Stiefel engage in small talk, before both confiding that they have recently been tormented by sexual dreams and thoughts. Melchior knows about the mechanics of sexual reproduction , but Moritz is woefully ignorant and proposes several hypothetical techniques such as having brothers and sisters share beds, or sleeping on a firm bed that might prevent his future children from being as tense and frightened as he is. As an atheist, Melchior blames religion for Moritz's fears.

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