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Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind
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Oct 07, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Qi Yin by: School
Recommended for: Young Adult
Read in October, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Spring Awakening is a trig-comedy about teenage students in the 19th century Germany who are restricted by the society about their knowledge about puberty and sexuality. The main character Melchior, a 15 year old student learns about human sexuality through Medical Textbooks. Which then leads him to decide life and death because of his mistakes and his knowledge.

In in the play, Melchior's friend Moritz committed suicided because his is kicked out of the school. In addition, due to the fact that Melchior spreads his knowledge about human sexuality to his friends he is suspended from school and put into Reformatory. Then he knows that he killed Wendla, a 14 year old teenager who is a friend of Melchior. Melchior raped Wendla without knowing what he really did and indirectly killed her because of her abortion.

As a result, Melchior, feels guilty for killing Wendla and he wants to kill himself as well. Luckily, a mask man comes and helped him. Melchior changes a lot through out the play. At first he is arrogant and inconsiderate, but at the end of the play, he realized what he has done wrong and faced his consequences.

Though teenager makes mistakes, however, it is not all their fault because the society restricted them to know about sex and puberty. As a result, it leads to misdoing of teenagers without really know that they have done wrong.

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Benewaa No! why did you tell the ending of this play. But i cries when Wendla died because i think the ending should have been different. I wanted Melchior and Wendla to come together and learn from their mistakes. I'm sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this book i want to go see the play so bad.

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