It is obvious in this discussion that the essence of Demian

It is obvious in this discussion that the essence of Demian...

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Unformatted text preview: It is obvious in this discussion that the essence of Demian's commentary about Cain can also be applied to Demian himself. Demian's full name — Max Demian — provides insight into his character. "Max" could well be a shortened form of "maximus," meaning superlative. Demian is a name which came to Hesse in a dream and can be linked to his function in the novel as Sinclair's daemon. Among ancient peoples, a daemon was a spirit presiding over persons, places, and secret intentions. Ancient philosophers believed that each person had two daemons — one good and one evil. The term is frequently used in the writings of Carl Gustav Jung, whose influence on Hesse has already been mentioned. The concept of the superiority of certain individuals, which Max has applied to the story of Cain, emphasizes the profound influence of the early existential philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche upon...
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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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