Discovering Oneself

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Spring Awakening Psychoanalysis
Discovering Oneself

As children go through the adolescence stage of life they tend to go through different difficulties and hardships, and respond by using natural defense mechanisms to cope. Upon psychoanalyzing Spring Awakening, a children’s tragedy by Frank Wedekind, and the characters within you can get a better understanding of the adolescent stages of life. In Spring Awakening, the characters are going through there adolescent stage of life and their parents neglect to teach them about the changes going on in their bodies and refuse to acknowledge that they are growing up. This lack of knowledge leads them to do engage in actions that if they had known better otherwise wouldn’t have been options.
A few main characters that I have chosen to analyze are Melchior, Moritz, and Wendla. Melchior Gabor is a promising high school student, and is beginning to feel the effects of sexuality and male development. The play opens with Wendla Bergmann and her mother as she is turning fourteen, she begs her mother to teach her about reproduction but she neglects to give in leading to some unfortunate mishaps throughout the play. Moritz Stiefel, Melchior’s best friend, goes through encounters of sexual awakenings.
Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, developed a theory that explained how the personalities of people were developed. While doing this he created the tripartite system using the terms Id, Ego, and Superego to portray the different stages of personalities. The Id is described by Freud as the personality one is born with and does not take into account which effects it may have on others. Freud describes the Ego as being developed in the early years of life, when reality starts to become a factor. It balances both the consequences of actions and immediate wants and needs. Finally, there is the Superego described as the morality and ethics developed over time, usually based off of the parents and the

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