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The concept of the superiority of certain individuals

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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  Hesse. In fact, Demian seems to be an enigmatic character because his structural aspect in the  story, which is decidedly religious, and his functional aspect, which is Nietzschean, seems to clash.  This, however, is not so and will be discussed later. Demian's discussion of Cain greatly upsets Sinclair since it undercuts the pillar of his fundamental  religious beliefs which he has never before questioned. Though Emil is disconcerted with the ideas  stated by Demian, he is nevertheless pleased by Demian's manner and his aura of self-confidence  manifested in his voice and especially through his eyes.
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