Siddhartha


 
Authorial Background
*Herman Hesse was born in the Black Forest town of Calw, Germany in 1877.

*Herman was the son and grandson of Protestant missionaries who had served in India.

*He was expected to follow in their footsteps by preparing for the ministry.

*He tried, but experienced a religious crisis, fled the seminary and attempted suicide.

*Hesse's first major novels displayed some major themes that were to absorb him throughout his career

-1st Theme

The dichotomy between the two worlds, the drab mundane external world of business and the shining, inner world of art and spirit.

-2nd Theme

The tortured adolescent who is cruelly oppressed by the "system," usually the ...

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cares about his dear friend as he follows him throughout most of his quest.

*Gotoma (Buddha)

-Admired as the distinct holy one and as a great idol among the Hindus.

-Open Govinda's eyes, allowing him to seek his own path of peace which he finds through Buddha.

-Buddha is a peaceful man who is wise in his own teachings.

*Kamala

-Siddhartha's lover and concubine

-Siddhartha's motivation in his new materialistic lifestyle.

-Is the mother of Siddhartha's son.

-She is a seductive women who is desired by Siddhartha

*Vasudeva

-Siddhartha's mentor and newfound friend

-Teaches Siddhartha that peace can be found through the river.

-Vasudeva is a wise man who is straight forward with his comments and actions.

*Little Siddhartha

-Siddhartha's son

- He is not content with his father's accommodations and material possessions.

-Accustomed to the higher things in life

-Little Siddhartha is spoiled and disrespectful when he does not get what he ...

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Brahmin finds discontentment within himself. His vessel has not been overflowed with knowledge. He questions all the love and honor provided by his community and family and dear friend Govinda.

With this thirst of knowledge and quest for absolute peace, Siddhartha leaves his father after his act of stubbornness. He later joins the distinctly different Samanas. Here he learns the arts of fasting, thinking, and waiting. But after a time of restless self-denial, Siddhartha decides to leave. He hears about the Illustrious One. This man they call Gotoma or Buddha is supposedly a wonderful teacher incorporating all the methods of teaching.

Govinda finds the man to be ...

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