The Glass Bead Game Themes

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Dedication

One of the most important themes of the book is dedication. In order to study at the Castalia, one has to be a dedicated scholar. Admission to the Order requires dedication to its way of life, its principles, and its rules. One basically has to give up a normal life in the outside world to belong to the Order. There is no involvement in religion or politics from any of the members of the Castalia.

Knecht's loyalty and dedication is what kept him in the Order for so long. He faithfully carried out the functions of his office until the end. He followed all of their rules and orders. He studied the Order and its rules and decided that he could not live within their parameters. As dedicated as he was, he still wanted contact with the outside world, a world that those in the Order were shielded...

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