Divergent

Demian – Plot Overview

Demian presents the reflections of an older man on his childhood. In this book, Emil Sinclair recounts the various episodes of his childhood that led to a profound change in his Weltanschauung or worldview. Interspersed in and among these tales are Sinclairs recollections of what he was thinking at the time in question and some …

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Demian – Chapter 1

Summary Emil Sinclair begins his narration by telling the reader that he will recount an event in his life that took place when he was ten years old. First, he pauses to tell of the two realms, two worlds of which he was aware at the time—one of darkness, and one of light, one of …

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Demian – Chapter 2

Summary A new student, Max Demian, appears in Sinclairs school. The son of a wealthy widow, Demian was a year older than Sinclair, but seemed almost adult. During one of Sinclairs scripture classes, Demian was forced to sit in and write an essay. After school, Demian approached Sinclair and began to engage him in conversation. …

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Demian – Chapter 3

Summary The older Sinclair reflects on his childhood and on the influences from the world of darkness that “tore” him from his innocence and his parents. He observes that learning how to navigate the newfound sexual desires of his adolescence and how to balance those against the values of his upbringing proved a miserably difficult …

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Demian – Chapter 4

Summary Sinclair heads to boarding school at a place known to the reader only as St.3/43/4. At this time, he is aware of the loss of his innocence, but is deeply ambivalent about it. He is glad to be away from home, but upset that he has been unable to find joy under the protective …

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Demian – Chapter 5

Summary One day in class, Sinclair finds a note has been left for him. It says, “The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born first must destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That Gods name is Abraxas.” Though the letter is unsigned, Sinclair …

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Demian – Chapter 6

Summary Sinclair reflects on his personality at the time of his interaction with Pistorius. Isolated from his peers, he nevertheless engages in a time of growth and self-discovery. Pistorius becomes a type of encouraging role model, who always listens to what Sinclair has to say and who tries to help him further scrutinize his thoughts. …

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Demian – Chapter 7

Summary Sinclair recounts an episode in which he visits the house in which Demian used to live. The current owner can offer him no help in finding the Demian family, but does show him an old photo album containing a picture of Demians mother. Sinclair recognizes her as the woman he has been drawing, the …

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Demian – Chapter 8

Summary Sinclair spends the summer at the town in which his university is located. He passes his days with Demian, Eva and others in the garden near the river. He feels peaceful and relaxed, though this produces conflicting emotions in him—sometimes happiness, sometimes melancholy. However, at these times, he finds comfort in Frau Eva. One …

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Demian – Character List

id=”Emil Sinclair”> Emil Sinclair  –  Sinclair is the protagonist and the narrator of Demian. The book is a chronicle of his intellectual development from the time he was ten until his late teens. An older Sinclair (who is at least middle aged) tells the stories of his youth that played a key role in his …

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