The Quest for Peace in Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

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Siddhartha, an allegorical novel written by Hermann Hesse, primarily tells the tale of an Indian man, Siddhartha, and his quest for peace and totality during the time of the Buddha. The story focuses on him leaving his family home in India to find this peace and totality, but the theme of this story is not just about Siddhartha, there is an underlying theme which demonstrates that Siddhartha is not the only person searching for this peace, and this quest is not solely the theme of the story for Siddhartha, but for many of the characters, Siddhartha included. Siddhartha’s father, the Brahmin, is on his quest to find peace, the Buddha had already found their peace and Siddhartha is of course also searching for peace. The theme of the novel is the quest for peace and totality for everybody, and this not only proves to be true then, but it still proves to be true today. Deep down, Peace and totality is what every human being wants, and unfortunately it is a quest that many people do not complete within their lifetimes. Siddhartha, however, found this totality in his lifetime, and was one...
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