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Adolescence is hard enough when you do know what its all about But imagine going through puberty with no knowledge of sex no sexual outlet and no reliable sources of information about sex Spring Awakening a pre-Expressionist masterpiece written in the 1890s by Frank Wedekind is about just such a horror Spring Awakening is about a group of young horny German kids growing up in a total vacuum of sexual knowledge They know their urges and dreams must mean something but the adults wont explain it to them -- common decency prevents even mentioning it The kids are left to fend for themselves and as is often the case today they come up with the wrong information -- or worse none at all Their natural curiosity is disillusioned and turned against them so that the frustration builds and they turn to violence thinking theymselves inherently perverse and evil for being so fixated They explore beatings masturbation homosexuality and rape with no real idea of what theyre doing or what the consequences might be One Moritz Alwyn Kotzegrave is driven to commit suicide Wendla Shalaine Scharmrel a 14-year-old girl is raped in a hayloft on the same day her mother tells her babies come from the stork When she gets pregnant her furious mother who still has not explained where babies come from brings in a midwife and the poor girl dies of a substandard abortion Melchior Geon Nel the unintentional rapist is sent to a reformatory he escapes and meets the ghost of his dead friend Moritz Moritz tries to bring him over to the other side but relents and admits that death is a terrible void and that he bitterly regrets both his suicide and his incredible naiveteacute The adults dont fare any better they are portrayed as pillars of stupidity and hypocrisy The theme of ignorance and lack of information is such a sad reality and is exactly the reason for so many
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