Wolf of the Steppes

I recently just finished reading "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse for my Doppelganger class. Ever since reading "Demian" and "Siddhartha" back in high school, I've always considered Hesse one of my favorite authors. His work centers on the quest for authentic self-awareness, spirituality and meaning; his beautiful prose describes these abstract and mystifying thoughts with a great sense of ease. In this particular work, he utilizes a female double, Hermine, to directly reflect the novel's protagonist, Harry Haller (or also known as "The Steppenwolf"). Hermine explains that part of the Steppenwolf's previous unhappiness is due to this inability to recognize the multiple souls within himself -  something that she is determined to prove to him. I love how desire, sexuality, and sin all play a role in this doubling, and ultimately helps to save Harry from himself. She mends Harry's dueling personas together by teaching him how to dance, laugh, and love - both himself and others.

Below are two slides from my final presentation.