Hello! Today I’d like to share a few thoughts about a book I read a few weeks ago: Spring Awakening, a play by Frank Wedekind.
This work is very famous because of his theme, which is, of course, sex. As the title suggests, Spring Awakening is about the awakening of the first sex impulses during the adolescence. Talking about such a theme in 1891 caused the play to be censored or banned. It’s enough to say that he finished writing it in 1891 and could not find its first performance until 1906 (before his first staging the work was considered “pure pornography”). Today it belongs to the classics of German literature, read in schools and studied in universities.
The plot follows the turmoil of a group of teenagers, in particular of Wendla, Melchior and Moritz. The play opens with an argument between Wendla and her mother about the length of the skirt her mother made her for her birthday. Then she shares with her the thoughts she sometimes has about death. After that we meet Melchior and Moritz, confiding theselves that they are both tormented by sexual dreams. The next scene shows a group of girls, one of which confesses that her father sometimes beats her and that, as it seems, even sexually abuses her. At the end of the first act, Melchior and Wendla meet in the forest and she, who has never been beaten, asks him to beat her. The curtains close with Melchior violently punching her and getting away. Continua a leggere “Spring Awakening”