A Children's Tragedy Setting & Symbolism

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Wendla's

When Wendla turns fourteen, her mother sews a new, longer dress for Wendla. Wendla objects to the length of the dress, preferring the freedom of her old, short, "little-girl" dress. Wendla calls the unwanted dress a "penitential robe."

The Faculty Room

Moritz sneaks into the faculty room at the school to find out if he's passed his grade or not. He learns that he's still passing, but he and Ernst are competing for the last space in the next grade.

Copulation

At Moritz's request, Melchior writes an explanation of sex and how babies are born, including illustrations. Melchior titles his writing "Copulation." After Moritz's suicide, the schoolmasters find Melchior's writings and expel him for being a bad moral influence.

The Mirror on the Ceiling

Ilse mentions that one of the artists she works for has a mirror on the ceiling above his bed, which makes her seem...

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