Lesson 1 (from Ten Notes: 1, Footprints in the Sands of Time through 5, Blood Brotherhood)
The title of this play is Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy,a layered, comprehensive look at what the play is all about. From the introduction, it is known that Melchior will rape Wendla, who will die in a botched abortion, while Moritz commits suicide. Eventually, Melchior, despite his grief and guilt, will be led away by a mysterious man who promises to help him grow to adulthood and make sense of everything that has and will happen. This lesson will examine the title and how it relates to the action of the play as a whole.
1) Class Discussion: What is the full title of the play? Are both parts important? Why or why not? What is significant about the play being referred to as a specifically "children's" tragedy? Can the teenagers in this play be considered the children? Why or why not? From the title...
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