Demian | Study Guide

Hermann Hesse

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Hermann Hesse

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Perspective and Narrator

The novel Demian is written from the first-person point of view and told from the perspective of Emil Sinclair, the narrator and protagonist.


Demian is written in the present tense, though most of the narration is relayed in the past tense as the narrator, speaking in the present, retells and reflects on his past.

About the Title

The titular Demian is the last name of narrator and protagonist Emil Sinclair's mentor and friend, Max Demian. Hermann Hesse claims the title of the novel came to him in a dream. The name is similar to the word daemon, which in Greek and Roman myth is a spirit that acts as a messenger or emissary between humans and gods. Greek philosopher Socrates (c. 470 BCE–399 BCE) famously referred to his inner, guiding voice as his daemon. In Demian, Max Demian is both external guide and inner voice.


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