One night while on guard duty in Belgium

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One night while on guard duty in Belgium, Sinclair is gazing at the sky while braced against the trunk  of a tree. The tree as a location for the occurrence of an enlightening experience becomes a strong  motif in Hesse's writings from  Demian  on. In the clouds, Sinclair visualizes a city teeming with  people. Suddenly there appears a godlike giant figure resembling Frau Eva. She swallows up the  people, figuratively taking them back into the womb. In resultant agony, she falls to the ground, the  "mark" bright on her forehead. As she utters a terrifying scream, thousands of stars spring from her  forehead. One of these stars, actually a piece of shrapnel from an explosion, reaches Sinclair,  seriously wounding him. Hesse's source for this scene is obviously the account of the Daughter of  Zion in the Book of Revelations. After a period of vague consciousness, Sinclair finds himself in a field hospital. Turning on his 
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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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