Siddhartha: Overcoming Misfortunes Of The Past

opinion Essay
551 words
551 words

Siddhartha: Overcoming Misfortunes of the Past

On page 132 we read "Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone." What does this mean in regards to Siddhartha and any other of the characters in Hesse's story? Do you agree with this statement? Explain.

This quote is taken from the context of when Siddhartha is crossing the river and he sees his reflection and it looks like his father. This quote refers to a repeating of events. It is illustrated by Brahmin being separated from
Siddhartha and Siddhartha being separated from his own son. This parallels the quote in three ways. Taken literally it identifies the “father-like-son” aspect of the situation. It can be taken as a metaphor for the endlessness of time as well. Taken out of context, this quote identifies that anything that is not followed or completely worked through will continue to exist and it will repeat itself. Siddhartha left his father, Brahmin, at a young age to join the ascetics.
Siddhartha is now considering the pain his father must have gone through not seeing his son again. Siddhartha's son, too, was separated from his father.
Without dealing with this situation, the distance between father and son would never be reconciled. Thus the situation Siddhartha had with Brahmin would be repeated. The quote can also be interpreted as a metaphor for time. Obvious recurrences can be noted in time, suggesting that time repeats itself. Instead of a river, another symbol can be used for time, perhaps a pool. According to this quote, things repeat themselves in time. In a pool objects float around until they finally make their way to the outlet. Events swirling around in time without reconciliation are “trapped” until they are dealt with. The entire pool makes up all that time is. All the experiences and thoughts of past, present, and future that have not been dismissed all contribute to the whole of time.

If the quote stood alone, without the context of Siddhartha's reflections on his father and his son, it would state that anything that isn't finished through completion would forever hang in the cloud of time. “Every thing that has not suffered to the end...” If something is not carried on to completion, it will repeat itself until the initiative is taken to finish it. “
...recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone.” I can identify with this quote because at time I am prone to over committal. I will devote myself to too many things and I cannot physically complete them all.

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how he sees his reflection and it looks like his father.
  • Analyzes how the situation can be taken as a metaphor for the endlessness of time.
  • Explains that a symbol can be used for time, such as the river, or the pool.
  • Opines that if something isn't carried on to the end, it's a good thing.
  • Opines that at times they are prone to over committal. they will devote themselves to too.
  • Explains that when problems of his past are dealt with, he can concentrate on living in the present.
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