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Emil Sinclair is a representation of the movement of ones inner spirit toward realization The path Emil is traveling on is one of self-discovery Each mans life represents a road to himself an attempt at such a road the intimation of a path The most essential thing that Emil struggled with was the dichotomy of the world the two realms The realms of the day and night two different worlds coming from two opposite poles mingled during this time Opposition is marked and clarified as being distinct as night and day My parents house made up one realm It was the realm of brilliance charity and cleanliness gentle conversations washed hands clean clothes and good manners Sinclair describes this first realm as being ordered and controlled his parents household with its set rules and beliefs takes on a biblical symbolism Straight lines and paths led into the future there were duty and guilt bad conscience and confession forgiveness and good resolution love reverence wisdom and the words of the Bible It was from this world that Emil learnt from his parents They provided him with a sense of belonging The other realm is presented as the opposite of the world of his parents This second world contained servant girls and workmen ghost stories rumors of scandal This world not only contained the bizarre and disturbing but things natural and real This other realm encompasses those things which in some cases are deplorable but are also in other cases natural and necessary Reality is composed of these polar worlds that Sinclair has observed but his upbringing provided by his parents has taught him to favor one world over the other As Emil spent less time with Max Demian he became more dependent on his parents He says I turned myself into someone younger more dependent more childish than I was Sinclairs dilemma lies in his attraction to the dark world There were
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