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Steppenwolf The disease in Steppenwolf is a disease that as stated in the book affects not only the weak and the worthless but also the strongest in spirit and the richest in gifts This disease is loneliness Some would not call this a disease they would call it a feeling It in fact really is a disease affecting the thoughts feelings and actions of a person and in this case Harry Haller or the Steppenwolf This disease which affects the innermost parts of a persons soul has affected Mr Haller for quite some time Loneliness can change a person greatly and if in large enough quantities over a long period of time can destroy a person even drive them to suicide This is what happens to Mr Haller His loneliness has eaten away at him for so many years that he has lost sight of the happiness in life He is no longer able to enjoy life to its fullest potential because he will not let himself do so He has no one and at times he feels that life is not worth living This disease of loneliness has brought him to the point of suicide brought him to the edge of existence He is at the point of suicide when he meets his treatment and his cure Companionship and love That is the only help for this most debilitating of diseases companionship and love One will help but only both together will be able to cure him of his wretched mental sickness His cure happens to come in the form of a beautiful young woman named Hermine She is his treatment and his cure but whether he allows her to help him is up to himself Hermine shows Mr Haller all he has become She brings his disease to the surface in all its pain and does so rather bluntly openly criticizing all that he says and does Mr Haller responds to her
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