Constructing the Past


Arthur Schnitzler’s short story Dream Story offers a unique insight into the subconscious of Schnitzler himself, provided through the choices of character names, and the experiences he details throughout the story. The character of Fridolin provides a stunning foil to Schnitzler’s own life. Additionally, Schnitzler serves as an emblem of the fin-de-Siècle Vienna personality: sexually liberal with a chauvinistic bent.