Teacher Guide

Spring Awakening Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Consider other works by Frank Wedekind, like Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora's Box (1902), which explore similar themes of budding sexuality, homosexuality, and violence. The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht also invites a critique of capitalist society and explores themes of intense violence and sexuality. In addition, Brecht's work includes music and could invite comparison to the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening. Other plays of interest might include Jean Giradoux's Intermezzo, which explores themes of sexuality and adolescence, and Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, which reverses the power dynamics among adults and children around the themes of homosexuality and...

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