Day 1

Spring Awakening Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the broader significance of Wendla’s complaining about her new dress? What does Wendla’s dress symbolize?

    Wendla’s complaining about her new dress sets the stage for the play’s coming-of-age themes, as well as the tensions that arise when children become adults. Mrs. Bergmann wants Wendla to wear something suitable for her age and growing body, something Wendla is resistant to. Her longer dress could represent the changes that naturally occur when children grow up, but could also represent the societal restrictions that adults unwillingly impose on children.

  2. 2

    In general, what is the cultural view on sex and sexuality in the play? How does this view impact the...

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