Demian begins through the narration of the main character, Emil Sinclair, concerning his youth as of 1904 or 1905. The entire novel depicts ten years' activity, which takes us up to his involvement as a German soldier in World War I, at which point Sinclair is twenty years old. It is important for the reader to keep in mind constantly that it is not the child Sinclair telling the story, but a mature adult reflecting back upon various stages of his development, trying to present an understandable analysis of what was occurring to him both internally and externally. Although it is obvious that the major key of the novel is individual and deals with the internal development of one character, the outcome presents a minor key which transcends the individual aspect to arrive at a universal meaning. At the age of ten, young Emil Sinclair begins to become aware of a division in the world into light and
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