It was established early that Hesse would become a theological student

It was established early that Hesse would become a theological student

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It was established early that Hesse would become a theological student. While showing intellectual  promise as a student, young Hesse disliked school, especially the rigidity and the stifling of creativity  of the German educational system of his time. His grades were never outstanding, and he disliked  his teachers. He once stated that he had had only one teacher whom he liked. His reaction to this  oppressive atmosphere is also reflected in his writings, especially in the bitter attack in  Unterm Rad  ( Beneath the Wheel ). By the age of thirteen, Hesse had decided that he was going to be a poet.  Great stress caused him to flee the Maulbronn Seminary, the setting of Mariabronn in  Narcissus and  Goldmund.  He became so despondent that he considered suicide and purchased a pistol. Causing great concern to his parents, Hesse was subjected to a variety of remedies for his 
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