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Pandora's Box

Frank Wedekind

Book Overview: 

Pandora's Box is a play by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind. It forms the second part of his pairing of 'Lulu' plays, both of which depict a society "riven by the demands of lust and greed"

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .My doctor has forbidden me to receive visitors.

HUGENBERG. My future is worth so little now! I would gladly have given the last scrap of what life is [Pg 20] worth to me for her happiness. Heigh-ho! One way or another I'll sure go to the devil now!

RODRIGO. If you dare in any way to approach me or the doctor here or my honorable friend Schigolch too near, I'll inform on you for intended arson. You need three good years, to learn where not to stick your fingers in! Now get out!


RODRIGO. Get out!! (Throws him out the door. Coming down.) I wonder you didn't put your purse at that rogue's disposal, too!

ALVA. I won't stand your damned jabbering! The boy's little finger is worth more than all you!

RODRIGO. I've had enough of this Geschwitz's company! If my bride is to become a corporation with limited liability, somebody else can go in ahead of me. I propose to make a magnificent tra. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"the closest alternation between my sensuality and mental creativeness. So towards you, for example, I have only the choice of regarding you artistically or of loving you." Apparently the inspiration for Sternberg's Lola Lola, fits, Lulu is also exactly where she belongs.

This play is a deeply strange experience, with a cast of unusual characters, strange events and unpredictable outcomes. I am certain that much has been made in the analysis of the themes of the piece but it seemed very bohemian to the point of being unnecessarily strange and undecipherable. I don't

This is actually more like Lulu: a tragedy in 7 acts, because it can't be comprehended without also reading that which it is a sequel to, Earth Spirit, another play by Wedekind. A grim, gritty, hypersexual morality play, that read a little bit like a gender-flipped version of Picture of Dorian Grey.

Delightful. Unhinged.

Having recently seen the Louise Brooks silent film again, I noticed the writing credits and wanted to enjoy the source material. This play greatly enhanced my understanding of the story with the film and the play filling in each other's gaps. Fascinating.

When the film was made, there was a Teutonic

I'm familiar with the film version of this, so it's interesting to see how full of colour and dialogue the play is. Lulu seems to have more agency due to her ability to express herself on her own; the film emphasises her innocence and the way in which others lay claim to her. Not that it's really fa