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    Demian

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    In the novella, “Demian,” by Hermann Hesse, takes us through an insightful journey on the evolutionary road to finding one’s true self, by the protagonist Emil Sinclair. Sinclair’s evolution to finding himself comes with the help of Demian, Pistorius and Lady Eve, who act as his spiritual guides. At the age of ten, Sinclair lives in a world where all is protected, bright, correct and full of love. In Sinclair’s world, at this time, were his father, mother, sister and the maid Lena, all of whom he

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    Leadership in Demian In Demian, Hesse uses a comparison to the Biblical story of Cain and Abel to convey his ideas about those who are different. The idea arises again and again, causing the reader to look at it from a very unique perspective. Through this comparison, the reader begins to see the mark of Cain as a positive symbol -- as the mark of those who would lead the world into the future of mankind, without fear. When Emil Sinclair first meets Max Demian, he sees that Demian is not like anyone

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    Analysis of Demian by Hermann Hesse Demian is the story of a boy, Emil Sinclair, and his search for himself. Emil was raised in a good traditional home at the turn of the century in the nation of Germany. His family is very wealthy and they have a reputation as a principled, religious family. As a boy, Sinclair views the world within the walls of his home as representing all that is good, pure, and innocent. But starting at a young age, he feels an inner conflict between his own little world,

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    The Path to Understanding in Demian In Hermann Hesse's, "Demian," Emil Sinclair develops into a self-cognizant man after experiencing true friendship and the purity of life. Immaturity and innocence surrounds him as a child until a confidant by the name of Max Demian places him on the path to understanding himself. After opening his eyes to the feebleness of life, the boy realizes his true purpose of existence. Beginning life in the "realm of light," (7) Sinclair passes through life being criticized

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    author’s take on psychology and the human mind is. In the novel Demian, by Hermann Hesse, the author invites the reader to explore the mind of the character Emil Sinclair by including forms of stream of consciousness narration and an open-ended ending to the book. Hesse ends the book without leaving many details or answering many questions. The character Demian simply leaves and Sinclair seems to truly find his “self”. The fact that Demian leaves raises the question of whether he is a real person or

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    of literature varies from author to author.   In the case of Hermann Hesse, it was his personal experiences in life.  In the novels Demian and Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse was influenced by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, both psycho-analysts. A personal crisis, which caused Hesse to undergo psycho-analysis with Dr. J.B. Lang, led to the writing of Demian in 1919.  His fascination with Eastern cultures and his trip to India in 1922 directly resulted in the creation of the novel Siddhartha

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    Self Discovery in American Beauty and Hermann Hesse's Demian After Jane Burnham's first meeting with Ricky Fitts in American Beauty she responds by saying, "He's so confident. That can't be real." If it isn't real, is it a dream? If it is a dream, is it Jane's dream? If it is Jane's dream, is this her unconscious wish for pleasure or happiness...to be like Ricky Fitts? There seems to be a theme running through the movie American Beauty where we see people looking to other people as a source

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    Herman Hesse’s Demian depicts the upbringing of the main character, Emil Sinclair, as well as his experiences and encounters during his youth. During this time, Sinclair embarks on a journey of self-discovery, hoping to find a purpose in life and his personal role in society. As a child, his entire life was based on the relationship between “light” and “dark.” While his family was the “light” in his life, a benevolent goodness, Sinclar believed he was a “darkness,” a malicious evil. However, through

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    In the story, Demian, Sinclair states that people help themselves without the help of others in such matters. When a person gets help from teachers, mentors or advisors, this support is not meant to put a person down, but to motivate and help move them along in life. People helped Sinclair get through life in many situations, starting when he was a little boy at the age of ten. There are some who may come through one's life and try to hinder him or her from getting them where it is that they need

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    through the use of tone and mood. In the novel Demian, by Hermann Hesse, the language used conveys the story in a strong manner through the use of diction, tone, and style. The use of diction, or word choice, is important in writing because it expands the language of the story beyond the use of basic vocabulary in order to make the writing more educated and captivating. In addition, some words carry a stronger connotation than their synonym. In Demian, there are several examples of this. “Now it

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    Demian Demian

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    Demian  Herman Hesses novel Demian tells of a young boy named Emil Sinclair and his childhood growing up during pre-World War I. Emil struggles to find his new self-knowledge in the immoral world and is caught between good and evil, which is represented as the light and dark realms. Hesse uses much symbolic diction in his novel to give a more puissant presentation of Emil Sinclair and the conflict between right and wrong. The symbolism gives direction, foreshadow, and significance towards every

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    Thinking Outside the Box of Christianity

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    act impulsively for no reason, but for the most part, we are often influenced by various outside factors, such as past experiences, religious beliefs, or peer pressure, to make our choices. Emil Sinclair, the narrator of Herman Hesse’s bildungsroman Demian, is an example of an individual who incorporates different aspects and beliefs of religion, particularly Christianity, into his life. Raised in a Christian household, Emil has always viewed religion as a big role; not only does religion influence

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    Bridges, W. (2009). Managing Transitions. New York: Da Capo Press. Managing Transitions by William Bridges book about how one can manage transition during an age where one is legally an adult and are held to the expectations of the rest of society, but would still be quite unsure of future or who they would like to be. The author has written this through the authority of one who has gone through that transition and is rather well off. He has written this book especially for those for are going through

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    Hermann Hesse's Demian

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    Hermann Hesse's Demian The biblical story of Abel and Cain was deeply rooted in this novel. This theme was used to explore the life of a young man growing up in Germany. Compared to the novel Siddhartha, Demian had a more surrealistic quality to it.  Some of the physical events that occurred would not have been possible in reality.  In Siddhartha, only the mental events were surreal.  The theme of self-discovery was explored with a Jung approach. Hermann Hesse was obviously under the influence

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    The Risky Experiment

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    Thos os nut thi typocel ghust stury. Thos os e trai stury. Thi forst thong yua nutoci ebuat Gegi os hos ivol iyi, e peli blai iyi. Whinivir hi sterid et mi woth hos divolosh iyi, my bluud ran culd. Thet valtari iyi woll nivir lievi my hied. Gegi cuald hier meny thongs on hill. Scriemong end surruwong iviry noght nun-stup, medi piupli thonk hi wes crezy. Wronklis cuvirid hos feci. Hos skon wes peli loki e purcileon dull. Yilluw diceyid tuuth wiri siin whin hi smolid minecongly. Hos beck wes hampid

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    New experiences can create new memories and reflections on which to look back on. A few of those experiences have stayed longer than most. For Emil Sinclair, Demian presents him with a new perspective with which to look at the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Instead of Cain committing a crime, it is a fabricated story made in fear of him due to his intelligence. This new information has a great impact on Sinclair. Recently, I was discussing about university life with a friend. We commented on how

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    Lesbian and Gay Coparenting

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    As scholars investigate complex family system, the research on how partners work together to parent children increases. Coparenting is a unique component in a family relationship where parents function on a continuum between working together and struggling against each to make parental decisions. Historically, traditional coparenting referred to the collaboration between a man and a woman to raise their children. However, important social changes have led to other forms of coparenting in families

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    2 Hermann Hesse (1919), Demian, p. 9, Frankfurt am Main, Shurkamp Verlag 3 Wörterbuch der Pädagogik und Psychologie (2002), München, Universitäts-Verlag 4 http://www.virginia.edu/uvatours/shorthistory/, July 2009 5 http://www.spiegel.de/schulspiegel/leben/0,1518,663096,00.html, December, 18th 2009 6 The quote is by Friedrich Nietzsche. My teacher in school quoted him in a lecture, so I do not know where to find the right preference. 7 Hermann Hesse (1919), Demian, p. 131, Frankfurt am Main

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    Traditions and family conventions governed my life. I say governed because this is no longer the case. Church on a Sunday was mandatory as was bible study on a Tuesday. Strict practices formed a prickly hedge around me, shutting me out from my friends, colleagues and everything else that was anomalous to my family’s way of life. I didn’t dare venture out. Religion and God were at the forefront of their lives, and consequently, without question, mine. I wasn’t allowed to explore beyond what I was

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    Rick Lewis Nihilism

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    The sources found were focused on the topics of existentialism and nihilism. As previously mentioned, existentialism a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will. Nihilism is the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless. The first article found was by Leah Jacob. She wrote her article on the topic of nihilism and

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