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(Narcissus and Goldmund.pdf) Narcissus amp Goldmund is a novel written by the German Swiss author Hermann Hesse first published as Narzi und Goldmund in At the time it was considered his literary triumph Bibliographically it follows Der Steppenwolf br Narcissus amp Goldmund tells of a young man Goldmund who wanders throughout Medieval Germany upon leaving Catholic monastery school in search of the meaning of life amp thus meaning for his life Narcissus a gifted young teacher at the cloister school befriends him as they are only a few years apart amp Goldmund is very bright Goldmund admires Narcissus amp Narcissus has much fondness for him in return After straying too far in the fields one day on an errand gathering herbs Goldmund comes across a beautiful woman who kisses him amp invites him to make love This encounter is an epiphany He realizes he was never meant to be a monk He s filled with the desire to experience everything learn about life amp nature in his own hands on way With Narcissus support he leaves the monastery amp wanders around the countryside setting the scene for a story contrasting the artist with the thinker It spans many years detailing specific incidents where Goldmund learns important things He often muses on these experiences amp the ways of life br The influence of Nietzsche s theory of the Apollonian versus Dionysian spirit is evident The polarization of Narcissus s individualist Apollonian character is contrasted to the passionately zealous disposition of Goldmund In the spirit of The Birth of Tragedy Hesse completes the equation by creating Goldmund as an Apollonian artist highlighting the harmonizing relationship of the main characters br Goldmund develops into a completely rounded character as he comes to embody both Apollonian amp Dionysian elements thus capturing Nietzsche s conception of the ideal tragedy He embodies the entire spectrum of experience lusting for the gruesome ecstasy of the Dionysian world yet capturing amp representing it thru artistic creativity br Like most of Hesse s works the main themes are the struggle between human being amp nature amp the union of polar opposites Goldmund represents art amp nature the feminine mind while Narcissus represents science logic god amp the masculine mind These feminine amp masculine qualities are drawn from Jungian archetypal theory amp are reminiscent of some of his earlier works especially Demian Throughout the novel Goldmund increasingly becomes aware of memories of his own mother which ultimately results in his desire to return to the UrmutterDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Narcissus and Goldmund books for multiple devices.