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Demian's discussion of Cain greatly upsets Sinclair since it undercuts the pillar of his fundamental  religious beliefs which he has never before questioned. Though Emil is disconcerted with the ideas  stated by Demian, he is nevertheless pleased by Demian's manner and his aura of self-confidence  manifested in his voice and especially through his eyes. Reflecting back on the time when he was chastised by his father for his muddy boots and his secret  feelings of superiority, Emil recognizes his feelings as identifiable with Demian's interpretation of  Cain. This realization and further thoughts of Demian's conversation form the awakening of Emil's  critical mind and his departure from a blind acceptance which is often said to be characteristic of  childhood. For a time, at least, Emil has been so involved in thinking that he has forgotten about his  predicament with Franz Kromer. Sinclair has begun to become involved in 
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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