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Herman Hesses novel Demian tells of a young boynamed Emil Sinclair and his childhood growing upduring pre-World War I Emil struggles to findhis new self-knowledge in the immoral world andis caught between good and evil which isrepresented as the light and dark realms Hesseuses much symbolic diction in his novel to give amore puissant presentation of Emil Sinclair andthe conflict between right and wrong Thesymbolism gives direction foreshadow andsignificance towards every aspect of the novelEmil Sinclairs home as a young child is a veryimportant symbol in the novel As Emil attendsschool he is shown a world immoral value Theconfusion of which is right or wrong creates theneed for a safe haven for Emil Emil refers to hishome as a realm of light and states that he and hisfamily all belong to that realm The house itselfwas once a monastery giving it a more powerfulrepresentation of the light realm This symbolicasylum represents Emils innocence within himselfand casts him apart from the real world Anothersafe haven Emil retreats to is after he findshimself as a member of the mark of Cain Evasgarden symbolizes the Garden of Eden areligious setting therefore of the light realm andEmil separates himself there as one with the markof Cain apart from the rest of the corrupt worldBoth settings symbolize Emils importance in theThe Garden of Eden presents itself as anothersymbolic location The event that Emil told thestory of stealing the apples from the garden wasa very symbolic point of the novel in which Emilbreaks away from his light realm The garden thatEmil stole the apples from represented theGarden of Eden and the apples or forbiddenfruit symbolized Emils first sin This eventforeshadows what is next to come in the conflictof good and evil Emils first step out of the lightrealm gives way to more symbolic events where hebecomes more submerged into the dark realmAt the beginning of the novel Emil notices thatthere is a coat of arms above his houserepresenting the Cain religion
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