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Frank Wedekinds play Spring Awakening represents an adults reflection on childhood the repercussions of ignorance and the consequence of inhibiting the spread of knowledge to those without it Although very brief and lacking in extreme detail this work has a profound aura it leaves the reader with thoughts of how things could have resolved themselves better had key characters acted differently It also gives a sense of the sanctity of youth and the dangers of growing up too fast When we are forced to learn on our own without the guidance of those who we desperately need it from do we end up in irreversible positions that we never could have fathomed in the first place This play gives definitive answers to all the questions surrounding the coming of age the Spring Awakening Looking at childhood namely adolescence from both an outside perspective and inside reveals just how differently children and adults view the world The children in this play see the world as full of discoveries that need to be made in order to grow up In addition they dont necessarily want to find out all these things on their own The guidance of the adult figures eg teachers and parents is sorely missed by the children in the story When trying to learn where children come from the character Wendla naturally turns to her mother Rather than even attempt to answer her daughters question Frau Bergman immediately succumbs to the awkwardness of the situation and delivers a short circumventing monologue It is an attempt to deter her daughter not to enlighten her It is apparent to the children that they cannot look to their parents for help and so they must learn on their own The teachers in the story are no better Upon the suicide of one of the schoolboys it is found that a certain one of his friends has supplied him with a complete manual of the human reproductive system
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