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Demian Teaching Unit
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- What is Carl Jung’s theory of the “collective unconscious”? Find an incident in this story that illustrates the theory.
- Why does Sinclair fail to tell his parents about Kromer and allow himself to be blackmailed? In what way is it ironic that Sinclair steals from the money box to pay Kromer?
- Which incident in the story marks the point when Sinclair first begins to separate himself from his family so he can become his own person?
- In what sense might Kromer be referred to as Sinclair’s alter-ego? What might Kromer’s whistle represent in this story?
- How is Demian different from the other students? Why does he strike up aconversation with Sinclair?
- Why does Sinclair describe his first discussion with Demian about the story of Cain and Abel as though, “A stone had fallen into the well, and the well was my young soul”?
- Jung believes that certain symbols in dreams and myths are residues of ancestral memory. Select any three dreams in the novel and attempt to interpret the dreams using Jung’s theory.
- Why do you think this novel was popular with the younger generation in Germany after the First World War? What is Hesse’s opinion of nationalism?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.