The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Awakening of Spring, by Frank Wedekind This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no. FRANK WEDEKIND became widely known through his great drama Spring Awakening [or The Awakening of Spring], which he called a tragedy of childhood, . Spring Awakening was Frank Wedekind’s first play. He had it published at his own expense in , but it was not performed until Wedekind.
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Spring Awakening is a play written in by Frank Wedekinda German playwright.
Frank Wedekind was a German playwright who worked in Munich between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is considered a forerunner of expressionism as well as the theater of the absurd.
He was one of the first to present frank depictions of teenage sexuality, homoeroticism, and masturbation on the stage, and his disregard for conventional morality caused many to dismiss him as a pornographer. He faced frequent censorship throughout his working life. In Act I, we are first introduced to the three main characters and their responses to their budding sexual consciousness.
The play opens with 14 year-old Wendla Bergmann asking her mother where babies come from, insisting that she is too old to believe in the stork. Moritz struggles with feelings of shame and guilt because of his sexual dreams, while Melchior tries to reassure him and agrees to write a pamphlet detailing his knowledge of sexual reproduction. In the next scene, Wendla and her friends discuss boys, but the conversation turns solemn when Martha reveals that her father beats her every night.
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In the final scene, Melchior asks Wendla why she participates in charity work, and when she answers that it makes her happy, he insists that altruism is only a veil for selfish desire. In Act II, the combination of ignorance and sexual awakening begins to have tragic consequences for the teenagers.
Wendla, meanwhile, again begs her mother for an explanation of where babies come from, and her mother finally responds that babies result from a woman loving her husband with all her heart and soul. This is followed by a scene in which Hansy Rillow, another classmate, masturbates to ancient paintings. In the next scene, Wendla climbs up to a hayloft to meet Melchior, where their initial embarrassment from their previous meeting evolves into an awakenibg sexual scene in which Melchior appears to rape Wendla.
Spring Awakening – Frank Wedekind
His classmate Ilse offers him a chance at sexual bliss, but he turns her down and commits suicide. Meanwhile, Wendla has become pregnant and her mother calls for a doctor, who prescribes abortion pills and reassures Wendla that she is only suffering from anemia.
A homoerotic scene between Hansy Rillow and Ernst Roebel follows, and finally we encounter Melchior alone in a graveyard, where he stumbles upon the fresh grave of Wendla Bergmann.
Distraught and guilt-ridden, Melchior meets the dead Moritz, who offers him a chance to end his life. They are interrupted, however, by the appearance of a Masked Man, who attests that the conventional morality is nonsense. The lack of positive adult characters in the play is an attempt by Wedekind to show the way in which older generations fail younger ones by forcing them to conform to societal standards.
The presence of teenage sexuality, abortion, homosexuality, masturbation, rape, etc. The teachers and parental figures in Spring Awakening, representative of bourgeois society, refuse to speak about these things, and the result is the death of two teenagers. In Spring AwakeningWedekind presents morality as a social construction.
Spring Awakening is generally considered a modernist work. The stiff, unsympathetic world of the adults is also a depiction of the world beneath the surface.
The exaggerated incompetence of the school administrators and the lack of human feeling in any of the parents represent an adult world that forces the next generation to conform to its standards of behavior or be left behind.
Examples of fragmented, unrealistic dialogue in the play include the awkward and insincere language Wedfkind Gabor uses in her letter to Moritz and the dated, poetic language used by Melchior and Moritz to discuss their future lives.
Wedekind also experiments with a nonrealistic theater, creating a surreal graveyard scene in which the dead Moritz returns from the grave, and the mystery figure of the Masked Man explains the meaning of their experiences. Biography of Frank Wedekind Frank Wedekind was a German playwright who worked in Munich between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Plot Summary In Act I, we are first introduced to the three main characters and their responses to their budding sexual consciousness.