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Demian is the story of a boy Emil Sinclair and his search for himself Emil was raised in a good traditional home at the turn of the century in the nation of Germany His family is very wealthy and they have a reputation as a principled religious family As a boy Sinclair views the world within the walls of his home as representing all that is good pure and innocent But starting at a young age he feels an inner conflict between his own little world the world of light and the outside world or forbidden realm which represents sin and loneliness Even though his mother father and two sisters remain within the world of light he constantly feels attracted to the outside realm He ends up feeling uncertain between both of his little worlds and not belonging to either one of them This struggle between Sinclairs two worlds is evident when Sinclair is about 10 years old While playing one day with some fellow schoolmates Franz Kromer an older kid joins them In an effort to impress the older boy and his schoolmates Sinclair makes up a story in which he and another unnamed accomplice stole a bag of apples from a fellow neighbor Although the story is untrue Kromer threatens Sinclair with exposure if Sinclair does not pay him off Unable to pay the full amount Sinclair is forced to become Kromers slave ultimately sending Sinclair into depression and paranoia Sinclair feels trapped by Kromer forced to live within the forbidden realm which in turn exiles him from the world of light because he has defiled himself by lying and committing sinful acts for Kromer This experience is traumatic for Sinclair and he is often haunted by nightmares he is unable to eat and he becomes withdrawn and sullen His personality alters as he tries to cope with the bondage of his slavery to this lower-class troublesome kid but he sees no escape
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