A Children's Tragedy - Act III, Scene 1 through Act III, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act III, Scene 1 through Act III, Scene 3 Summary

The teachers and head administrator of Melchior's school meet to discuss Melchior's expulsion. After Moritz's suicide, they found the explanation of sex that Melchior wrote, titled Copulation, and they believe that the obscene work unbalanced Moritz's mind and led to his suicide. They are afraid that their school will be overcome with a rash of suicides, and they decide to expel Moritz.

At first, the teachers quibble over whether a window should be opened. The headmaster, Rektor Sunstroke, calls in Melchior to question him. He won't let Melchior say anything but "yes" or "no" to his questions. One of the teachers, a stuttering man whose name translates to "Stickytongue," tries to defend Melchior's writing as entirely natural, while another professor known as "Flykiller" brutally objects. Finally Melchior protests that what he...

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