The following winter finds Sinclair on the front lines

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Unformatted text preview: The following winter finds Sinclair on the front lines. As a participant in the war, he senses that the horrible fighting and death that he observes all around him are merely different types of signs for the same principle represented by his sparrow hawk. The manifested hatred is not in actuality directed toward the enemy but is rather directed violently at the divided individual soul, which must first be destroyed before it can be reborn. 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 people, figuratively taking them back into the womb....
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