"Siddhartha" Analytical Essay by RightRiters

A review of the novel, "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse, including an outline of Buddhism.
# 23440 | 2,050 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2003 in Literature (English) , Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , English (Analysis) , Literature (German)

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This paper discusses the book, "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse, illustrating the protagonist's journey. The paper portrays the journey in a literal as well as symbolic manner. Each section of the book is explained in relation to the central character, Siddhartha. The paper emphasizes Siddhartha's stubbornness to follow his own path in his journey, and not to be influenced by anyone or anything. This forms the central lesson of this novel.

From the Paper:

"In the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, the central character takes a journey that is like the journey one takes through life. This journey shows him as he develops from an impetuous youth to a man with the wisdom that comes with age. His goal is to attain Nirvana, and on the journey he encounters the Buddha. He believes he must always work toward his goal, but the Buddha argues with him and encourages him to become a monk and join the Sangha. In this way, Buddha tries to guide Siddhartha, but Siddhartha continues to follow his own path and refuses the invitation. The reason he makes this choice is because he believes that the individual may find his own way, and while he does not deny the validity of those who choose to be taught and to participate in a group such as the Sangha, he knows this way is not his way and that he would rather serve as an example to others to find their own path."

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