Essay Topic 1
Pick a character from the novel and discuss his/her goals and motives. Does he/she achieve his/her motive? Why? Does he/she share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters? How do the character's goals and motives affect their interaction with other characters?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the values of early 20th century Germany.
1) In what way did the values of the older generation clash with the younger generation?
2) What part did religion play in early 20th century life?
Essay Topic 3
In what way are Nietzsche's ideas similar to Sinclair's views on life? What does Sinclair mean by Nietzsche following his destiny relentlessly? How do Nietzsche's ideas only confirm Sinclair's ideas about life rather than challenging them?
Essay Topic 4
Look at the structure of the novel.
1) How does Hesse use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?
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