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Spring Awakening Gender and sexuality reflects evidently in the play. The characters in the play are in their youthful age and are in the process of discovering matters on intimacy. Wendla, an adolescent in the play demands that her mother tell her where babies come from (Kara 7). Her mother finds it difficult to explain the facts on conception to her daughter. The boys too do not have the opportunity to learn about matters of sexuality. This show that the mothers are responsible for teaching their daughters matters affecting them whereas the men in the society were to teach the boys on such matters as well. It is however evident that the elders avoided talking on matters of sexuality. This was mostly because they did not want the teenagers to ask questions that dwelled further into the matter (Kara 7). This however has consequences because the children seek to explore on their own hence face consequences at the end. The director brings this out by showing how Moritz is disturbed by the dream he has been having at night (Kara 8). For the teenagers to understand what they are facing, Melchior is in the play to make things easier for them. He is very knowledgeable from the books he has read and therefore tells them about the puberty changes they are experiencing. Martha who faces sexual abuses from her father decides to tell her friends about her ordeal. She however tells them not to tell anyone because even her mother cares less about her. This shows the position of the female gender in the society, they girl child is neglected and the father does as he pleases. Wendla then seeks to find out what her friend goes through when her father abuses her. In one instance where she meets Melchior, her costumes look very appealing and after talking about the time when they kissed, they end up having sex. This makes her get pregnant and all relates to her ignorance. This is because her mother lied to her about where children came from. Her mother then tells her to have an abortion and she dies in the process (Kara 8).This shows that it was against the customs for young girls to get pregnant and her mother was afraid of what people will say.The general setting made me have a personal touch with the play because it looked so real. The background of the theater had black backdrops that seem to illustrate the sad happenings in the society. Such ordeals are like the death of Wendla as well as Moritz. Wendla dies due to abortion whereas Moritz shoots himself (Veit). The songs that they sung as the play unfolded related closely to what was happening in the play. A song like, mama who bore me, which played at the beginning of the play, brought the message home in a more enhanced way. The dimming lights in some scenes that showed a somber mood also gave me a sentimental feeling. This was especially evident in the scene where Melchior finds out that Wendla died as she was having an abortion. The play would have been less interesting if I had watched it in a DVD because by watching it in the theater I identified closely with the characters. It was as if we were in the same society and hence the play was more interesting.Generally, I enjoyed the play. It was interesting and its setting related well with the theme it portrayed. It clearly demonstrated what usually happens in conservative societies and it showed the dangers of acts such as abortion.Work CitedVeit, Luciana . Exploring Wedekind’s Spring Awakening Act Two, Scene Seven. Web. May 8, 2014 Kara, Stone. Spring Awakening and Anti-Conformity: An Ideological Criticism. Web. May 8, 2014