A thorough interpretation of Schnitzler's dramas, published after World War I, shows a distinct development toward maturity. This can be seen in the complexity of his characters, especially women who manifest personal freedom of choice in their lives. The idea of equating «home or returning home» with «love» is new and indicative of the maturing process. The theme of age or aging is interpreted differently. Recurring «Leitgestalten» and «Leitmotive» emphasize Schnitzler's process of ethical and moral revaluation in his late dramatic works. Contrary to common assumptions, these dramas continue to demonstrate the importance Schnitzler's as a dramatist.