What function do Sinclair's dreams serve?

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Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Sinclair's dreams represent his admiration of Demian and his disappointment in himself that he' can't break himself from social constraints without Demain's help. He dreams of Demian in a coat of arms standing below an archway in fron of Sinclair's house. The coat of arms represents the courage that Demian has and Sinclair lacks. In another dream, Demian forces Sinclair to eat a keystone. Though Sinclair resists at first, eating the stone makes him stronger. These images reflect Demian's role in helping Sinclair grow more mature and independent. The way in which Sinclair communicates information in his dreams to Demian is also important. At one point, Sinclair paints a picture of a sparrow hawk dressed in the coat of arms that Demian wore in on of Sinclair's dreams. This and other communications between them demonstrate that Sinclair needs Demians approval and affection. Despite the fact that Sinclair wants to be completely independent of what others think of him, his is still greatly influenced by Demian's thoughts about and feelings toward him.
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