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The Awakening of Spring

A Tragedy of Childhood

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Author: Frank Wedekind
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,921 / 86 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.8
LoC Category: PT
Downloads: 2,377
Added to site: 2011.07.23 30477

business,aEuroù and his accompanying explanation that good business can be conducted only by a person accepted by the existing order of society.

In other words, von Keith is a hypocrite for revenue only, but never is deceived concerning his own personality.

The play deals with von Keith's scheme to build an amusement hall, to be known as aEurooeThe Fairy Palace.aEuroù He applies himself so sedulously that his plans are on the eve of realization, when suddenly he finds himself ousted from the management of his own enterprise by the very men he has interested in it.

Now all this is comedy, of course, but Wedekind is not to be deprived of his predelection for the minor key. He introduces the tragic tone in this instance right in the final scene, when von Keith is confronted by the dead body of his common-law wife, Molly Griefinger. In some respects this episode resembles a travesty upon the final act of Sudermann's aEurooeSodoms Ende;aEuroù but it is characteristic of W



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