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Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind
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Aug 08, 2011

For me, the key to this play is appreciation, especially in its historical context. It should and does remain a literary masterpiece because of its radicalness and exploration of society's taboos. However, maybe it's just because Franzen doesn't cater to my personal literary tastes, but I wasn't particularly stirred by the book. I saw the musical and LOVED it, but it was really the music that affected me so greatly. When I was reading the play, I felt like it was a montage of a series of underdeveloped characters and their angst, especially towards the end. Character means everything to me and I know it is the plot content that has driven the fame of this book, and that certainly is important, but I was not as awed by this play as I expected to be.

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