September 28, 2023


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Books : On Knulp (1915) and his Concept of Freedom

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I completed Knulp (1915) by Hermann Hesse yesterday. It was a fast learn (in all probability can end in one-sitting, however I completed in 2). It’s available on Scribd – no audio ebook, simply have to learn on display screen (not my favourite technique).

It’s a novella about an amiable vagabond named Knulp, separated in 3 sections : Early Spring, My Reminiscence of Knulp, and The Finish. Knulp wanders from metropolis to metropolis, generally staying with pals that look after him, however principally staying on the street (identical to Goldmund). He refuses to commit himself right into a relationship, a spot, or a job all through his life. 

He desires full freedom to roam and be free. Within the remaining chapter, he’s dying, he begins to start out a journey residence to the place he initially got here from and he begins questioning whether or not his selections in life is nugatory and immoral. 

Throughout his deranged dying part, he questions God and God solutions :

“See,” stated God, “I didn’t want you to be another than you. In my title, you will have wandered and have all the time introduced the sedentary folks slightly homesickness for freedom. In my title you will have achieved silly issues and made your self a mockery; I’m mocked in you and beloved in you. You might be my little one and my brother and a chunk of me, and you’ve got tasted nothing and suffered nothing that I’ve not skilled with you.” “Sure,” Knulp stated, nodding closely. “Sure, it’s so, I all the time knew it.”

I’m stunned that Hesse wrote one other story a couple of man that chooses freedom, a lot earlier earlier than writing Narcissus & Goldmund. Maybe he was toying with the thought of a person with full freedom in life (selecting a life with none commitments) and even romanticising the thought himself.

And personally, there’s something that annoys me with Hesse’s characters : the truth that these males really feel like intercourse is the utmost fulfilment when having a relationship with girls. Like that’s the solely factor that issues; the sexual pleasure. That is it. The sexual pleasures from all the lady in numerous cities, the seduction, the affairs, all these are giving unhealthy style to those characters. It feels weak. 

They assume that they’re liberated once they have a number of affairs and love, however I feel it is simply concern, concern of loving somebody greater than themselves. They’re trapped in their very own concept of freedom. Similar to they concern the whole lot else on the planet : commitments, shut relationships with different beings, love. 

Questions :

1. So if Knulp wished nothing of life however to look on, does that asking an excessive amount of or too little from life ? 

2. All through Knulp’s journey, he had an incredible fulfilling life. All the things begins to fall down when his well being begins to deteriorate and he’s getting older. He begins questioning whether or not he did a proper selection in selecting a life as a wanderer and never having anybody else in his life. Ultimately, is it truthful to ask whether or not the whole lot is price it ? 

“He had an excessive amount of to consider. In the middle of his lengthy, ineffective marches he had sunk deeper and deeper into the tangle of his botched life as right into a clump of brambles, and nonetheless he had discovered no which means or comfort.”

3. If Knulp did not fall sick or might keep away from getting older, do you suppose he’ll query his selections or really feel remorse? 

4. What is the variations between a homeless individual and a vagabond ? 

For everybody that chooses a liberated life, could you make peace along with your selection as a result of there are hardships in the whole lot, we won’t keep away from it. I hope that the loneliness, the difficulties, the illness ultimately of his life had been all price it.  You possibly can’t win the whole lot 

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