Hermann Hesse, Pilgrim of Crisis: A Biography Short Essay - Answer Key

Ralph Freedman
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1. What does Freedman say about artists' lives, at the beginning of the prologue?

Freedman says that artists hide behind masks of their own creation, which causes to people to look for truth in their works and in their lives. This causes people to think that the artists' lives have special meaning in relation to their work.

2. What is Freedman's stance with regard to the relationship between Hesse's life and works?

Freedman sees Hesse's life and works as mutually interdependent, they explain one another. He says that Hesse's life clarifies his works. He says that Hesse was looking for a sense of self in his life, and this search took place in his works as well.

3. How does Freedman describe Hesse's childhood?

Freedman says that Hesse was artistic in his childhood. He was influenced by his missionary parents, who sent him away to a mission school in Basel. Freedman says that Hesse was born when Bismarck ruled Germany.

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