"Steppenwolf" Analytical Essay

"Steppenwolf"
Describes how Herman Hesse criticizes society in his book "Steppenwolf," with particular emphasis on style and false dichotomies.
# 64505 | 1,543 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2006 in English (Analysis) , Literature (German)


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In "Steppenwolf", Herman Hesse takes the reader with him on his journey of self discovery, a journey which he depicts through the use of the character Herr Haller, an intellectual that is disgusted with life and filled with self hate. The paper shows how Hesse uses Haller to critique society for forcing everything in life into two categories, creating dualities that he believes to be false and for being too individualistic.

From the Paper:

"Hesse's novel Steppenwolf is a novel that works to break down dualities that our society establishes. In recent centuries society has split everything into two extremes that are mutually exclusive, beautiful-ugly, homosexual-heterosexual, rich-poor, old-new, feeling-intellect and reality-fantasy are just a few examples. Hesse tries to show that these dualities are not separated by defined borders as much as society believes they are. Right in the beginning Hesse prepares us that in this novel the line between truth and fiction is very blurred and that it does not matter: "It was not in my power to verify to the truth of the experiences related in Harry's manuscript. I have no doubt that they are for the most part fictitious, not, however, in the sense of arbitrary invention" (Hesse 19)."

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