Essays on Herman Hesse

The Quest of Self Understanding in the Novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
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The quest for self-understanding is a long, enduring journey, in Siddhartha, an Indian novel by Herman Hesse, a young Brahmin goes on a quest to find Atman, one’s individual self. This Brahmin, Siddhartha, lived with other Brahmins and absorbed much of their knowledge throughout his childhood the Brahmin lifestyle, a highly revered priestly class in India, doesn’t satisfy Siddhartha‘s craving for learning. Siddhartha’s quest to find an understanding of himself leads him down the paths of the Samana, the merchant,…...
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The Concept of Choosing a Dangerous Path Over Subjugation in the Novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
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Is it better to allow oneself to be subjugated by others rather than follow a dangerous path? This is a very difficult question to answer, since both choices can be detrimental, if a person chooses to allow themselves to be subjugated by others, they’ll have no freedom. Choosing this means they’ll never be able to make their own decisions. However, if they choose the dangerous path, they might be hurt more than if they allow themselves to be subjugated by…...
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The Timelessness and the Cyclic Nature of Life in the Novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
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Sometimes, the best teacher is one’s own self in Herman Hesse's story, Siddhartha. Siddhartha, the main character, undergoes many trials searching for enlightenment, peace, and happiness, sometimes even within himself. Hesse's motif—the river—teaches Siddhartha to embrace the timelessness and cyclic nature of life in order to accept the idea that reaching joy and success is not a destination, but rather a lifelong journey. Like the river flows without end, so do Siddhartha’s opportunities to redeem himself, even though he has…...
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Archetypes of a Hero in Star Wars by George Lucas and Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
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In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell explores the underlying similarities between heroes of a wide range of literary works. He explains the fundamental characteristics of a hero, which remain in play across mythology and literature. As the title suggests, the face of an archetypal hero may vary the presence of a protagonist is central to the plots of most movies and books, but all heroes, are united by certain criteria that make them heroes. Like the four…...
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The Use of Symbols in Siddhartha, a Novel by Herman Hesse
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A symbol is a noun that has a deeper meaning or intentionally represents another noun or concept. ”Things are going downhill for me!” laughing the while; and, as he said this, his glance fell on the river, and he saw the river going downward, too, moving constantly downstream, but singing merrily as it went." Siddhartha, pg 51 In Siddhartha, the reoccurring river arguably represents many overall concepts, but the river especially serves to represent the path of Siddhartha’s enlightenment and…...
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Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
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In Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, Siddhartha is the ideal image of a person to all those who want to be the perfect son or daughter. Handsome and well-respected by the town, Siddhartha still lives with a feeling of dissatisfaction and still somewhat depression. Siddhartha longs for something more because he feels his father has passed on all the wisdom he has, yet it does not fulfill his desire to reach enlightenment. He has a best friend, or a fan, called Govinda…...
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