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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Spring’s Sprjng is a aawkening of teenage sex. Its fourteen-year-old heroine, Wendla, is killed by abortion pills. The young Moritz, terrorized by the world around him, and especially by his teachers, shoots himself. The ending seems likely to be the suicide of Moritz’s friend, Melchior, but in a confrontation with a mysterious stranger the famous Wedskind Man he fin Spring’s Awakening is a tragi-comedy of teenage sex.
The ending seems likely to be the suicide of Moritz’s friend, Melchior, but in a confrontation with a mysterious stranger the famous Masked Man he finally manages to shed his illusions and face the consequences. Paperbackpages. Melchior GaborWendla Bergmann. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Spring’s Awakeningplease sign up.
Someone told me LGBT-stuff is included in this awaening. AR There is a bisexual character and wedekund least one mlm couple. Arguably two, but the other is only mentioned as a past event. Many people believe that …more There is a bisexual character and at least one mlm couple. Many people believe that Moritz is not heterosexual some say ace, others gaybut that just depends how you read him.
His queerness is hinted at more in the musical adaptation by Steven Sater. See 1 question about Spring’s Awakening…. Lists with This Book. An interesting play, that’s franl as taboo now as it would have been a hundred years ago. Teen suicide, sadistic and masochistic acts, teen sex, murder, moping, masturbation and depression. On top of all wevekind ‘disturbing’ elements are some very humorous moments and wonderfully written moments of adult as in grown-ups, not as a euphenism for dirty banality and absurdity.
Featuring abortion, suicide, a homosexual kiss and some masochism this play about German teenagers first published in is frequently still controversial when staged. I suppose teenagers will be teenagers whileaudiences will be disturbed that children don’t remain so.
View all 4 comments. Jun 01, Yngvild rated it it was amazing Shelves: Usually, I find reading plays a poor second to seeing them performed, but some plays are simply unplayable. Apart from the problem wedekins most of the characters being young teenagers adults playing children never worksthe play needs space and quiet for the audience to think in. There is little of that in a musical or noisy West End show.
Like Ibsen, Wedekind briefly mentions events and then leaves us to fill in the b Usually, I find reading plays a poor second to seeing them performed, but some plays are simply unplayable. Like Ibsen, Wedekind briefly mentions events and then leaves us to fill in the blanks.
He may tell us the answer later, or he may not. Similarly, he goes into immense detail about the facts-of-life essay written by a teenage boy, but leaves us to work out that this has nothing to do with the suicide.
The lies and evasions told by parents and teachers to each other to explain their inadequate parenting are the core of the play, but only as long as the audience can read between the lines. At least we can pause, think, and go back when we read the play. There is no hope of that in a musical. No wealthy parent need worry about their child having a cheap back-street abortion or failing an examination.
Money buys sensible solutions to these adolescent crises. The censors need not have worried, as modern performances prove. The only thing I found shocking about this was how completely the adults were willing to leave their children in ignorance because of how it would offend their own delicate sensibilities.
Then again, I’m reading this in rather than In other news, I’ve never read a Franzen book he comes off as pretentious to me but I found his take on the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening in the introduction to be amusing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Poor or non-existent sex education can lead to such undesirable results as rape, suicide and teen-age pregnancy. Illegal abortion can lead to death. Well, preaching to the converted, there.
The trouble is that the un-converted are the kind of people who would get outraged by a play like this and try to ban its performance or publication. I would like to think the problem is not as severe now as at the time of its initial publication but here in Britain it is still possible for parents to prevent Poor or non-existent sex education can lead to such undesirable results as rape, suicide and teen-age pregnancy. I would like to think the problem is not as severe now as at the time of spriing initial publication but here in Britain it is still possible for parents to prevent their children from attending sex-ed classes if they want to.
The children of such awakning seem likely to be the ones who stand in most need of it, though, so complacency is not an option. The play itself is, in this version, short and readable and has sprinb completely bizarre final act. Who is the masked man?
Oct 12, Shira rated it really liked it. The living are as such not to be pitied. Don’t let the title Spring Awakening fool you. This is an impressive piece about dedekind up. The underlying themes of this play are rather bleak. The issues are serious, deadly serious. Moral authorities —parents, school, church — are there to provide a compass for the adolescents, which eventually lead them astray, one way or another.
In some cases the road to their respective hell is paved with good intentions, in other cases it’s just plain ignorance. S The living are as such not to be pitied. Somehow the author managed to add a little fun and wit to his story; sarcasm and satire too.
Spring Awakening – a play by Frank Wedekind
For instance the choice of awaksning for the teachers is extravagant. At the end there is even a little magical realism. Personally I would have preferred a novella, but that’s just me. Having read this after watching the musical, it frustrates me even further that the musical version turned the rape scene into a love scene.
The rest of the changes are minor in comparison, I guess, but there were a lot of them. I do love that the themes of sexuality, education, religion, etc are still prevalent today in the same exact ways they are Having read this after watching the musical, wwakening frustrates me even further that the musical version turned the rape scene into a love scene.
I do love that the themes of sexuality, education, religion, etc are still prevalent today in the same exact ways they are prevalent in the play, which was written in If anything this is a good reminder that being a teenager can totally suck. This is genuinely a good translation, but as is always the case with Jonathan Franzen, does he really have to be such an asshole about it?
No awakeniing but his is worth reading; no interpretation of the text but his is valid. Frqnk over yourself, dude. May 05, Juushika rated it it was amazing Shelves: A controversial play published innot performed untiland adpated into a musical inSpring’s Awakening is the story of children facing the beginning of adolescence within the repressed culture of Germany.
This edition, translated and edited by Bentley, contains a number of mini-essays by the editor on everything from the play’s timeline to some of its key themes. This commentary is interesting if artless and, combined with the sprinkling of typos, begs for an editorpro A controversial play published innot performed untiland adpated into a musical inSpring’s Awakening is the story of children facing the beginning of adolescence within the repressed culture of Germany.
This commentary is interesting if artless and, combined with the sprinkling of typos, begs for an editorproviding an adequate introduction to the play and plentiful food for thought. The musical updates without losing the play’s historical setting and rounds out the rest of the cast in particular its womenmaking it more approachable, broadening and highlighting its essential truths: The original play, meanwhile, is deeply invested in its historical setting and the youth of its characters, and offers stronger protagonists foiled by a shallower, utilitarian supporting cast; despite being blatantly controversial it relies on understatement and implication, a combination to gives the reader pause and the story depth.
And where the ending of the musical falters, dissolving into a saccharine musical number that simply shoves aside the play’s themes, the original final scene is brilliant: This difference may be the reason to prefer, or at least explore, the source material, but familiarity with the musical is hardly the only reason to pick up the play: Spring’s Awakening is a swift read although I’d love the chance to see it performed on stagebut it lingers on the mind.
I read this – the original German play from the late ‘s – in anticipation of seeing the fawned-over new musical which translator Jonathan Franzen is quick to dismiss as “insipid.
My mind was spinning with thoughts of how you would stage the play today, and it was perhaps only this that prevented me from being truly disturbed. Capti I read this – the original German play from the late ‘s – in anticipation of seeing the fawned-over new musical which translator Jonathan Franzen is quick to dismiss as “insipid. Captivating, to be sure. An incredibly fascinating set of plays.
I know there are those who will bemoan the lengthy dialogue passages that almost seem to border upon histrionics. However, this was a very common style for drama at that time.
Also, the delivery depends entirely on the performer, the director, and the stage presentation.