Main Characters of "Narcissus and Goldmund" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Main Characters of "Narcissus and Goldmund"
An analysis of the main characters of "Narcissus and Goldmund" by Herman Hesse, as contrasting expressions of humanity (mind vs. experience).
# 20133 | 900 words | 1 source | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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"This study will examine what the two main characters in Herman Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund express about the nature of the individual human self. The study will also consider whether there are aspects of all people that are like the two characters.

Essentially, Narcissus is a creature of the mind and Goldmund is a creature of experience. Certainly it is one of Hesse's aims to show that there is some amount of karma or predestination at work in the lives of human beings, for Narcissus seems to have known from an early age his fate was to be found in contemplation in a monastery, while Goldmund is drawn to experience the world despite a willful longing to stay in a monastery himself.

However, another of Hesse's implied statements about human nature is that one may devote one's life to thought, or one may devote one's life to experience, but such a choice of paths does..."

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