Siddhartha, written by Herman Hesse, is a novel about a man's progression towards his goal to center his life with a combination of peace and balance. Many of the displayed philosophies can be applied to today's world. Through my reading, I noticed many similarities between my life and Siddhartha's. First, Siddhartha felt a need for independence, that to truly be happy with his success, he must attain his achievements in his own way, and not others. Even though, he feels he must acquire this by himself, he tries to be as removed from his human side as possible. Only later does he learn that individuality and freedom from necessity must be united to procure his objectives and free him from his imperfections. Second, Siddhartha discovers that things and riches do not bring happiness. They are only temporary. No matter the extent of wealth a person has this never satisfies the insatiable need for possessions. Lastly, Siddhartha found that balance is the key to peace and happiness. Although a simplistic teaching, it is very complex to learn and apply. In my life, I can relate to his path and lessons, because I feel the same struggles and battles with attaining serenity.
Siddhartha sets out on a complex journey all for the purpose of reaching nirvana. He makes several stops along the way, learning many things from many different people and lifestyles. He first trades in his life as a fortunate, wealthy Brahmin to live amongst the Samanas, who believe that enlightenment can be reached through a refusal of physical desire and the body. He adjusts remarkably well to this new lifestyle, and learns to rid himself from the desire for property, clothing and ...
First, Siddhartha forces readers to analyze their own life and break away from the status quo and pursue what they uniquely desire in life. This is affirmed by Siddartha’s journey through life, ironically enough a journey many can relate to. First, when Siddhartha is unsatisfied following in his father’s food steps as a Brahmin, a religious leader, he makes the bold to find his own form of enlightenment by joining a group...
In both cases, they are going on the hero’s journey to escape societal expectations, to rid themselves of the materialistic world or to experience adventure. For Siddhartha, he “had begun to feel that the love of his father and mother, and also the love of his friend Govinda, would not always make him happy, give him peace, satisfy and suffice him. He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, the wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their wisdom [but] his soul was not at peace.” (Hesse 3) Siddhartha has all the love he needs in life, yet he has a true to desire to understand the world around him. He feels like he needs to do more to live a fulfilled in life. His goal is to find true happiness by understanding the world around him and by achieving Nirvana. This desire and knowledge compel him to follow the Samanas on the journey to enlightenment. Likewise, in the film "Into the Wild" Christopher Johnson decides to embark on a journey to achieve true happiness outside of materialistic aspects. From a very young age, Chris’s parents always gave him things that he does not want and
In the final chapter of Siddhartha’s life he confronted various obstacles and events. These events had morphed him into becoming an enlightened and proficient man. In Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha starts out as a young man who is copious and nurtured. Gradually he transforms into a man of desolation trying to get an awareness and grasp back into reality. Through peace, conflict, despair, and salvation Siddhartha is enlightened and fortified to create a life full of content.
In Siddhartha, Siddhartha left the origin of his existence, the Brahmans, because he felt as if there were better options for him in the world. He confronts his father about the new lifestyle he desires, and is reluctantly allowed to seek a new life. Siddhartha begins his journey with his friend Govinda. Along the journey of finding a new self, Siddhartha willingly gives away his clothes, and fasts for long periods of time, which is a
Sadly, my family was going through financial struggles, forcing me out of the school zone I was destined to attend. When I discussed the situation wih the high school coaches they told me they would pick me up from my new house and take me to school every day; with the condition that I’d play football for them all throughout high school. Even though this was illegal I continued to go ahead and accept the offer. My first year of high school was so exciting that it went by in the blink of an eye. Sophomore year came and the clock ticked closer and closer to when everything would change. I started in varsity as a corner back but soon would have big shoes to fill as the team’s quarterback. Not only did this require skill and hard work but the ability and qualities of a leader as well. Ultimately, playing this position helped me acquire traits that would soon be necessary for success. That year was tough for us because the majority of the team consisted of inexperienced players, however the coaches knew I would be the one to lead the
When his son was born, Suddhodana went to an astrologer to see what kind of person Siddhartha would grow up to be. This was a common practice of the time. The astrologer said that when Siddhartha became a grown man, he would become either a universal monarch or would leave home to become a monk, “a perfectly enlightened soul for the salvatio...
Siddhartha's path lead him through constant re-evaluations, keeping him focused on himself. He began as the son of a wealthy Brahmin, sheltered from the real world and any experience with it, but having the best education he could obtain. He began his life at home, as a thinker, possessing wisdom and thoughts he had yet to earn through experience.
Through out the novel Siddhartha had constantly taken risks that he believed would lead him to nirvana. He would take these risks even if it meant leaving his family, his best friend, and having to live as a poor man searching for himself. Siddhartha has many teachers during his journey. Although he had many teachers he believed that with or without them he would have learned what he needed to learn to obtain nirvana.