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With World War I looming, Emil Sinclair begins a "coming of age" journey in his small town. He fights his internal fears at the hands of the school bully, Franz Kromer. He revolts against his proper upbringing at the urging of a new acquaintance, Max Demian. Max Demian invites Sinclair into a new realm of thought, teaching him the virtues of revolting against conventional thought, and provoking in him the confidence to think and act for himself.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Wild kid(s)?    -   committing crimes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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