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 – Frank Wedekind

Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those spirng complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

The complete review ‘s Review:. In zwakening 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.

Wedekind completed his play in but it was only finally first performed inand even after that remained hugely controversial. It isn’t so much the frank sexuality that is seen as dangerous now, but rather the depiction of teenagers that necessitates destroying the integrity of the play to give it mass-appeal in modern times, so Franzen: Frank Wedekind’s most grievous offense: And so now, more than ever, he must be censored.


It is the failure of frsnk and the educational system to make youths aware of moral issues that might arise that leaves them ill-equipped to deal with reality — and leads to catastrophe. One girl is regularly beaten by her father, another envies her and would do anything to take her place.

Lust is pervasive and all-consuming, but the teens remain in the dark about what it is that has come over them and don’t know how to channel it; inevitably, there comes a point where they can’t contain themselves and go too far.

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Suicide, beatings, rape, teenage pregnancy, abortion, masturbation: Pregnant young teen Wendla, who still believed the stork brought babies, sums it up with her too-late recrimination: Oh, Mother, why didn’t you tell me everything!

But it’s a society so hide- and rulebound that the openness that could have saved the girl is unthinkable. As mom answers Wendla: Tell that to a fourteen-year-old girl? Goodness, I’d sooner have watched the sun go out. Similarly, when confronted with a suicide epidemic at school the adults make no effort to determine much less fix what might be behind it.

They refuse to even acknowledge the possibility that the system may be at fault; instead, they do whatever they can to preserve the system. It is all they know.

Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind

Much of the appeal of the play is in its comedy: This isn’t a play about innocent victims. There is little true innocence here. What the children — and they are, largely, really just children — are is often completely ignorant, trying to fit what they do know and — more importantly — feel within the set-in-stone expectations and demands of society. They’re aware that something is off — that what they’re told and what is wedeekind of wddekind doesn’t square with reality — but can’t figure out how to handle that.


Naturally, most are shattered by experience. It’s surprisingly effective, and though much of the detail is dated — for the overwhelming most part children simply aren’t treated this way any more — Wedekind’s theatrical craft makes the play as a whole still feel fresh. Constantly shocking as well as surprisingly funny, Spring Awakening remains very readable and watchable. Jonathan Franzen’s translation is certainly adequate, and captures the spirit of the play well enough.

He writes in his Introduction that his first priority was to: There are any number of word-choices one can and which we would debate, but a quick, casual comparison suggests his overall approach seems a distinct improvement over the earlier translations. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

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