Talk:Pan (novel)

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"...Glahn himself wrote the entire novel of Pan..."

That is nonsense. Knut Hamsun wrote Pan. Most, but not all, of it he wrote in first person from the viewpoint of Glahn. In no way does this translate into "Glahn himself" writing Pan. I thange that e sentence structure to be at least vaguely factual.

I still have serious problems with the content, though. As well as the factual error, I think whoever wrote that sentence is trying to avoid the harshness of Hamsun's suicide imagery, which was also used in Mysteries.

I took out the last sentence, "This reason remains up to debate" for two reasons. First, all of the speculation in this section remains up for debate. No need to single out one of the speculations. Second, I have seen no scholarly work that suggest that Glahn did NOT kill himself and I've looked. MichaelCYoung (talk) 02:32, 15 October 2010 (UTC)


II disagree with the claim made in the preceding comment regarding suicide.. In "Pan", Glahn does not commit suicide. He engages in a series of increasingly risky and provocative actions which result in the unnamed narrator of "Glahn's Death" firing the fatal shot. Glahn's behavior is perhaps like Russian Roulette, a gamble with death, as opposed to a deliberate act to cause one's death, only someone else has their finger on the trigger. This is similar in some respects to the behavior of the narrator of "Hunger", who creates many of his own problems.

Regarding the original article, I see two problems I suggest should be corrected. 1) Edvarda is never portrayed as having affairs. The Doctor and later the Baron are suggested to be in some form of courtship toward her, but this might also be Glahn's misunderstanding, or jealousy, in his perception of her situation. Glahn is the one who has affairs with Henriette and Eva. 2) To say, under "Symbolism", that Glahn represents Nature and Eva represents Culture is an over-simplification. It is more likely that Glahn represents the civilized man who tries to fool himself into believing that he can escape into Nature but brings all his problems with him. Tgcnow (talk) 07:14, 2 December 2010 (UTC)