The concept of sacrifice due to arguably poor reasoning in search of the good life is perfectly portrayed throughout the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. In it, the protagonist Siddhartha overcomes a number of emotional and physical sacrifices until he finally accomplishes absolute enlightenment as his journey comes to an end. At the start of the novel, Siddhartha, a young man and the son of the Brahmin, decides that the society to which his family belongs does not provide all the teachings n...
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... Noggle through the message sent by Barbie and Ken dolls, it is understandable why people might stretch their logical thinking in order to achieve success. While most people would not abandon their home and family or starve themselves under any circumstances, Siddhartha is more than willing to take these risks and to sacrifice if it means becoming enlightened and finding perpetual happiness. Similarly, although Anna Noggle is extrinsically motivated, she too is willing to risk her health and behave irrationally in order to remain young looking and externally beautiful. Reason creates the sacrifices that equate to the costs necessary to achieving the good life.
Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha. Germany: New Directions, 1922. Print.
Prager, Emily. "Our Barbies, Ourselves." Interview (1991): Print.
Noggle, Anne. Face-Lift No.3. 1975. Photograph
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