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End Notes for Advice Column

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End Notes for Advice Column Jeff Mabry The time and emotional status in which Harry writes this article is critical in its understanding. Harry writes this before his encounter with Hermine at The Black Eagle. He had been contemplating suicide for some time prior to that night; it is in this time frame that he reaches out for help. Would Harry Haller ever ask for any assistance previous to this? Certainly he would not to the bourgeoisie which he loathes. Yet he does out of desperation, the years of separating himself from others leaves him with no one but the Steppenwolf for company. “It fills me with irrepressible hatred and nausea … I smash my moldering lyre of thanksgiving in the face of the slumbering god of contentment and would rather feel the very devil burn in me.”(Hesse 27) Harry raged, as he broods in the attic alone. These are not the thoughts of a sane man; he is sporadically lashing out in disgust at everything around him. Harry condemned himself to a life of misery the moment he let the Steppenwolf in.
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