Sinclair experiences an intensification of his sexual drive. His longing for meaningful love seems hopeless. Sinclair again retreats into his dream world, which has become as active during his waking hours as during his sleep. A new dream occurs which he explicitly and emphatically identifies as the most significant dream of his life.In this dream, Sinclair is entering his father's house beneath the heraldic hawk on the escutcheon. His mother is walking toward him with outstretched arms. As they are about to embrace, she suddenly changes. She now resembles Demian or, more accurately, Emil's portrait. Sinclair is taken, enveloped in a passionate embrace which leaves him with feelings of both ecstasy and horror. He sees the embrace as both a crime and an act of worship. Utterly confused, he awakens, sometimes elated, sometimes guilt ridden. Here the motif of incest is clearly presented. One of the strongest
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