Comparing Siddhartha And Mark Twain's The Diaries Of Adam And Eve

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Man is not a solitary creature, and while some may initially shy from companionship, sharing is essential to the “good life.” Literature loves to embellish upon this principle, as seen in both Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, and Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve. The relationships Siddhartha and Adam develop during their respective narratives are the essential components that lead to the achievement of their happiness. Their relationships are defining aspects of their individual quests; they each begin pursuing their lives as islands, but eventually realize without companionship their goals are unattainable - or worse, their lives are empty. In the case of Hesse’s Siddhartha, Siddhartha would not be able to achieve enlightenment and reach…show more content…
It is even written, “He felt deep love in his heart for the runaway. It was like a wound; and he also felt that the wound was not for wallowing, that it must become a blossom and shine” (111). This “wound,” that Siddhartha suffers from is vital to his mission to achieve enlightenment, for it expands his global understanding beyond that of himself. Siddhartha found from the loss of his son that wisdom is the readiness to be at peace with the universe, no matter one’s current state of being (114). Just as Siddhartha achieved wisdom from his son, Siddhartha is ascended into nirvana after he shares his wisdom with his lifelong friend, Govinda. Govinda’s role in the novel is to illustrate that one may not attempt the journey to Nirvana alone. Govinda comes to Siddhartha after many years shocked to see how a man who lived a life of sin could bear the same smile as the Buddha, which proves that the experiences and “sinful” relationships Siddhartha had were vital in his journey (117). After trying to explain his ideas on enlightenment to Govinda, Siddhartha serenely kisses his forehead, which is an experience that grants Govinda wisdom, “He no longer saw his…show more content…
Without their companions, and the lessons learned from them, both Siddhartha and Adam would not have found their individual enlightenment. By abandoning their idealized views of isolation, both protagonists were able to achieve their “good life.” Personal relationships are fulfilling aspects of life, not only in literature. Literature illustrates the principle of companionship so that those who relate with Siddhartha and Adam can develop as well. As a whole, humans can find their happiness in the hearts of

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