His salvation this time is self

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His salvation this time is self-effected. During a spring walk in a park, Sinclair observes an attractive  young girl whom he names Beatrice, after Dante's first love. Although Emil never meets or talks to  the young lady, he sets her upon a pedestal and worships her from afar. Beatrice is described as  being tall, slender, and boyish looking. Sometimes when added to past discussions, such as  Demian's feminine aspect and Sinclair's sexual innocence, young readers think that his attraction to  a boyish looking girl is indicative of a latent homosexual trait. Here again, the explanation and  understanding must be sought in Jung's influence on Hesse. Jung believed that no human being was entirely masculine or feminine, but rather that all humans  possess characteristics of each sex in varying degrees. The female aspect in a man's personality  was labeled the 
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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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