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. Reflecting back on the time when he was chastised by his father for his muddy boots and his secret
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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.