Demian - Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 2 Summary

Sinclair meets Max Demian, the strange, poised son of a wealthy widow, who is several years older. Sinclair is distracted by Demian's bearing, which he describes as "that of a prince disguised among farm boys." Demian is a fascination to other students as well, who piece together a profile of him based on bits and pieces each has gleaned: Demian and his mother don't go to church. Demian is incredibly strong. Demian is intimate with girls and knows everything.

They share a class in which the story of Cain and Abel is told, and Demian's interpretation gives Sinclair a new perspective on Cain as a man marked not for shame but for distinction, perhaps even strength and nobility. Sinclair wonders if Demian is being blasphemous or if he defended Cain because he somehow identifies with him.

Demian calls Sinclair's attention to the sparrow...

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