Why do you think Hesse chose to have Sinclair narrate the story himself? Is the older Sinclair a reliable narrator? Should we trust him? How does the older Sinclair's presence add to the themes of the novel? 250 words min
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I've been analyzing the text and the lingistic methods as well. Including the focalization and perspective of the story. The first person narration here is a risky trick for the readers, as we believe every word Sinclair has to say. However, at the same time, Hesse gives a hint in the book’s prologue - narrator should not be trusted. Thus, it's a gimmick of the author.
On the one hand, we understand that the narrator is telling a story about a series of events, and they do seem real. While on the other - how far can a narrator go to manage the truth and the reality?
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I don't know much, but I know for sure that Hesse will never write a book for someone who is not trustworthy. While Sinclair a great narrator, we should have even more confidence because of it.
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