Plenzdorf's works, one written before the fall of socialism in the German Democratic Republic (hereafter referred to as the DDR), and one after, portray relationships between fathers and sons, which act as a metaphor to express a personal perspective of the state, revealing that the DDR was neither as repressive or as omnipresent for the average citizen as outsiders are often given to believe. The father, or Übervater, a figure deeply rooted in the German consciousness, is represented by the state and proves itself as an entity which gives the protagonists in both works little notice, despite their best efforts to seek out a paternalistic presence.
College and Department
Humanities; Germanic and Slavic Languages
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Schwoebel, Michelle, "In Search of Real Fathers: Plenzdorf's Die neuen Leiden des jungen W. and Vater, Mutter, Mörderkind" (2012). All Theses and Dissertations. 3544.
Ulrich Plenzdorf, DDR, East Germany, fathers, sons, families