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Maestro Text Response Paul Crabbe who slowly leaves his childhood innocence behind to enter the new world of adulthood whose pathway to maturity or self-understanding is described through a series of experiences particularly with an old Viennese music teacher Eduard Keller or the Maestro Near the end of the novel where Paul is in his mid-twenties he looks back on his transformation from a spoiled self-indulged adolescent to a more compassionate and more knowledgeable adult He realizes through his own suffering and Kellers influence that his talents are not good enough to earn him a career as a concert pianist Pauls personality changes throughout the text Thanks to what Herr Keller taught him not only about music but ones self At the start Paul is corrupted by pride and the idea that he is great almost perfect even This self-satisfaction does wonders to boost his ego as he predicts instant fame and fortune will come to him When he first meets Keller he acts as if he knows everything but Keller changes this in Paul by mocking him constantly with comments like you know so much for your ageand so little and wont give in to his superficial ideals Paul does not appreciate it when the old man honestly points out his true arrogant nature but Keller does this not to harm Paul but on the contrary to help him This eventually awakens to his truth With truth comes suffering and suffering does play an integral part to Pauls maturity and him learning about himself For years Keller had been trying to teach Paul not to expect too much Because he wanted Paul to learn from the mistakes he had done and for him not to fall in the same ones he had He offered words of insight and once asked him What is the difference between good and great pianists And Paul answers himself with
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