Kan man flygte fra sig selv?

Laura Bidstrup, Lena Kista Abelsen, Nadia Brakti & Eva Jaffke

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project revolves around the question: Can you escape from your self? The answer is found in the two novels Demian by Hermann Hesse and En flyktning krysser sitt spor by Aksel Sandemose. The novels are written in the interwar period, and the main focus is therefore on this era. By this point Nietzsche has proclaimed God’s death, and traditional values are changing after the First World War. This causes an emancipation of the individual which among other things causes an existential crisis for the two main characters in the novels. In answering the question the project uses several methods. Five different kinds of readings are applied on the novels, the historical period is used as basis of analysis, to get a better understanding of the main characters’ point of view, and finally the philosophy of Nietzsche is used as an analytical tool. The conclusion of this project gives a nuanced answer on the question whether it is possible to escape from oneself or not. Considering escaping as an act, not a state, the main characters do manage partly to escape in periods. But on the other hand they cannot escape fully from something that is a part of them. In their attempt to escape however, they end up finding their true selves. Unconsciously they strive to become Nietzsche’s Übermensch and in this strive lies the answer to stay themselves. The question of the project is very applicable on the people of today because the individual is still liberated and therefore still has to figure out its true values. This is a difficult process and the individual of today may also wish to escape.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato23 maj 2013
VejledereAksel Haaning


  • Mellemkrigstid
  • Sandemose
  • Hesse