|Herman Hesses Demian
Demian is the story of a boy, Emil Sinclair, and his search for himself. Emil was raised in a good traditional home at the turn of the century in the nation of Germany. His family is very wealthy and they have a reputation as a principled, religious family. As a boy, Sinclair views the world within the walls of his home as representing all that is good, pure, and innocent. But starting at a young age, he feels an inner conflict between his own little world, the 'world of light,'; and the outside world, or 'forbidden realm'; which represents sin and loneliness. Even though his mother, father, and two sisters remain within the 'world of light';, he constantly feels attracted to the outside realm. He ends up feeling uncertain between both of his little worlds, and not belonging to either one of them.
This struggle between Sinclair's two worlds is evident when
Sinclair is about 10 years old. While playing one day with some fellow
schoolmates, Franz Kromer...