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Narcissus Goldmund by Herman Hess contains a distinct cyclical structure This structure is contributed to through characters themes ideas times and places Each of these elements facilitate the development of an organized creative work delving deep into the human psyche to reveal that both Narcissus and Goldmund are players in the same game There are three separate cycles present in the novel The first cycle occurs during the first year or two after Goldmund has left Mariabronn It concludes with Goldmund witnessing a woman giving birth He sees in her face the face of all of the women he has ever been with and this connection between love and birth purges him of the sterile passion he felt for Lydia Characters in this cycle almost exclusively women are seen as objects They are erotic sensual and physical but nothing else They have no dimension beyond that of a sexual outlet for Goldmunds blind passions There is an impression of a transience present in the mother-world manifested in Goldmunds many relationships This is demonstrated most clearly through Lise when after she and Goldmund make love together returns to her home for the night This happens with other characters as well most of them having husbands to return to and Goldmund feels pain because of this knowledge All of the meetings between Goldmund and his lovers occur at night and bears a strong relationship with nature specifically animals trees and plants As the cycle continues Goldmund experiences death as well as life demonstrated by his killing Victor over a gold coin Ideas presented within this cycle include the need for commitment As Goldmund was before a spring lover he is now a hunted murderer but he does not at this point in the novel realize that death equated with the
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