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Demian | Study Guide

Hermann Hesse

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Demian | Characters

Character Description
Emil Sinclair Emil Sinclair is the adult narrator of the novel, who reaches back into his early years to chart his journey to self-realization. Read More
Max Demian Slightly older than Emil Sinclair, Max Demian is Sinclair's first and most important mentor on the journey to self-realization. Read More
Frank Kromer Frank Kromer is a bully who extorts money and favors from young Emil Sinclair. Read More
Pistorius A church organist in the town where Emil Sinclair goes to school, Pistorius becomes Sinclair's mentor for a time, teaching him about Abraxas. Read More
Mother Eve Mother Eve is Max Demian's mother and the subject of Emil Sinclair's recurring dream. Read More
Beatrice Although inspired by a real woman, Beatrice is more imaginary than real, a product of Emil Sinclair's mind more than a human being. Read More
Alfons Beck An older student at boarding school, Alfons Beck introduces Sinclair to drinking.
Emil Sinclair's father Emil Sinclair's father, a pastor, is part of the morally upright, "bright world" that provides a safe haven but also a limitation for young Sinclair.
Knauer A lonely boy at Emil Sinclair's boarding school, Knauer approaches Sinclair for spiritual help. Sinclair saves him from suicide.
Emil Sinclair's mother Emil Sinclair's attentive mother is forgiving when her son confesses his sins to her.
Dr. Pollens Dr. Pollens is a young teacher at the boarding school Emil Sinclair attends.
Emil Sinclair's sisters Emil Sinclair's sisters are his playmates, characterized as being more moral than Sinclair.
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