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Backwards and Forwards Worksheet Name: Renée Shuman Play Title: Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind What image (s) in the play made a strong impact on you? The images in the play that made a strong impact on me were those of “the fitting of the dress,” “the masked man,” and the “trampled cross.” The fitting of the dress represents the older generation’s desire for the young to be both carefree and knowledgeable, two concepts which may (in the world of the play) never be able to coexist. The mother tries to fit the dress to Wendla, but Wendla has no desire to grow-up so she wears her play-dress; she remains naïve and ignorant during the whole last period of her life (she forever remains a child). The masked man seems to represent the archetypal “benevolent wise-man” who –usually-- leads the main character to his goal (in this case the goal is life and to keep living ). The trampled cross, in the final scene, seems to represent a sort of final state of disorder. Everything, even the safe
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