CliffsNotes on Hesse's Steppenwolf & Siddhartha

CliffsNotes on Hesse's Steppenwolf & Siddhartha

CliffsNotes on Hesse's Steppenwolf & Siddhartha

CliffsNotes on Hesse's Steppenwolf & Siddhartha

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Steppenwolf begins with a preface narrated by the nephew. The nephew meets Harry Haller, or Steppenwolf, when he rents rooms at the aunt’s boarding house. The nephew dislikes Steppenwolf immediately because he seems shy, unsociable, and snobbish. The nephew admits that he grows to like Steppenwolf after spending time with him and learning about his divided nature. He views Steppenwolf as “a genius of suffering.” The nephew tells the reader that he will present Steppenwolf and his story without any commentary, but he repeatedly interjects “psychological observation[s].” Steppenwolf leaves his manuscript to the nephew, who then publishes it. The text, or “Harry Haller’s Records,” is the result.

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