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Humans are one of the only species that are expected to meet someone fall in love and mate for life It is socially engraved in us that we are to marry for life and to be completely faithful to that one person Given a person of Goldmunds free spirit and constant need for change and to experience the new puts one giant obstacle in his path He cannot settle down however much he craves everlasting love His one love and possible life long companion need not be a wife simply a person to share his soul with That person is Narziss There is however one flaw in the equation Goldmund craves physical love as well as mental stimulation Whatever possible mate meets his physical requirements in a lover does not stand up to the standards created by Goldmunds relationship with Narziss Goldmund is destined to wander unhappy searching for something though he knows not what he is looking for His many relationships with women and his tremendous commitment to his art prove that all he ever wanted was for something to totally ensconce him to totally envelop him to fill the emptiness in his heart left by the mother who deserted him Goldmund longs for something that can be attained by him at any given point in time but the fact is he longs for something that he doesnt want Security This novel 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 Narziss 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
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