|Analysis Of Steppenwolf Diseas
The disease in Steppenwolf is a disease that, as stated in the book, “….affects not only the weak and the worthless but also the strongest in spirit and the richest in gifts.”. This disease is loneliness. Some would not call this a disease, they would call it a feeling. It, in fact, really is a disease affecting the thoughts, feelings, and actions of a person, and in this case Harry Haller, or the Steppenwolf.
This disease, which affects the innermost parts of a person’s soul, has affected Mr. Haller for quite some time. Loneliness can change a person greatly and, if in large enough quantities over a long period of time, can destroy a person, even drive them to suicide. This is what happens to Mr. Haller. His loneliness has eaten away at him for so many years that he has lost sight of the happiness in life. He is no longer able to enjoy life to it’s fullest potential because he will not let himself do so. He has no one...