Objective: Part I It is important for the reader to understand what events in history contribute to Herman Hesse's writing of "Journey to the East". Hesse is clearly responding to some event or events in his life, and without the historical context it is difficult to understand his story. The objective of this lesson is to understand the historical context of "Journey to the East" and how it impacts Hesse's characterization of the narrator, H.H.
1) Class Discussion: "Journey to the East" was written and published during a time in Western History known as the "between the wars" or "interwar" period. World War I, then simply called The World War, ended and many held high hopes of civil reform and economic progress in both national and international arenas. Hesse's Germany was struggling to regroup as a nation after the ravages of The World War. This resulted in...
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