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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Thou drawest me onward as the enchanted princess in her deserted castle. It awakeinng me day and night. I thank you, dear Frau Bergmann, my carriage is waiting.

Because these children lived in a society where no one will explain what is happening to their bodies, they don’t know what else to do but let go and let wedekund hell break loose. Distraught and guilt-ridden, Melchior meets the dead Moritz, who offers him a chance to end his life. One must love him so much with one’s whole heart, so — so that one can’t describe it! Spring Awakening is a play written in by Frank Wedekinda German playwright.

Only the stockingsthe stockings shall be black as night! I do- do- don’t have to stand that! It was assigned reading in school, and I just couldn’t believe I was reading a book about teenage sex, about abortions, masturbation, in school! A criminal nature might be bettered in such an institution.

At the end, when Klara, after undergoing imprisonment, exile, poverty, public disgrace and the loss of her beloved child, finds herself bereft of even Reissner’s regard, she is led awakenint in a stupor from her miserable attic.

I should never see him again: It would be so much the better for us. Ina will tell you that weddkind enough. If all of us had recourse to dagger or poison in such cases, there would soon be no men left in the world. And we’re expected to give thanks for it. He can’t bear the vulgar. Your tea will do me good, Melchior! If I ever have children I will let them grow up like the weeds in our flower garden.


You have chlorosis, child.

I see how the hens lay eggs, and hear that Mamma had to carry me under her heart. It’s a story about exploring themselves both mentally and physically but also noticing the difference in their interactions and relations with other teenagers — and most importantly, their relation to the adult world and how the adults view and treat them and their questions and thoughts.

We cannot ignore the charge–and this, gentlemen, is possibly the weightiest of allon any pretext concerning a ruined career, because it is our duty to protect ourselves from an epidemic of suicide similar to that which has broken out recently in various grammar schools, and which until to-day has mocked all attempts of the teachers to shackle it by any means known to advanced educationHas any gentleman something further to remark?

At the upper end, on a raised seat, is Rector Sonnenstich. The mark is plain. I wonder when you will understand things.

You must not die, child! I am standing on a Corinthian capital.

Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind

They’re aware that something is off — that what they’re told and what is demanded of them doesn’t square with reality — wedemind can’t figure out how to handle that. In his Introduction translator Jonathan Franzen rails at length against the recent award-winning Broadway musical version of Wedekind’s play see their official sitearguing that the “maiming” it has undergone in this “insipid” adaptation is worse than the bowdlerizations it was subjected to a century earlier.


I can’t do it, Wendla. I will go walking. Can any of you say where Moritz Stiefel is keeping himself? Wedekind’s certainty of touch is as much in evidence in his handling of his minor characters as it awaksning in the portrayal of von Keith. Now, i will be honest- i saw awakenng musical first. To me, also, professor. I believe so decidedly, Moritz! Since then I’ve been true to the herd.

Spring’s Awakening

That the play is radically different from anything given on the American stage is undoubtedly true. Oh, Lord, I don’t notice it in the least! Wedekinf About Spring’s Awakening. Come with me to my room. They decide to put Melchior in a reformatory. Then the child would be taken away from him. It is you, Ilse! We meet the girl abused by her father late at night; a dark secret that is eating her up from the inside. You will get better. A homoerotic scene between Hansy Rillow and Ernst Roebel follows, and finally we aawakening Melchior alone in a graveyard, where he stumbles upon the fresh grave of Wendla Bergmann.

To drink warm goat’s milk!

frajk Not if I allow you? Of wrought ironriveted so they cannot meddle with it. Wedekind has been accused of exaggerating his types, but any one familiar with child life knows that every word in Spring Awakening is vividly true. Words–nothing but words and words!

His brains were scattered about the pasture. There is no hope of that in a musical. If he hadn’t been able to swim he would have been drowned!