The, 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 nirvana without the development he found through relationships with others. At the beginning of his journey, Siddhartha is loved by many, but he doesn’t feel emotional attachment to them. He leaves his family to pursue a nomadic monk lifestyle, then later leaves his long time companion Govinda to further pursue enlightenment - all without expelling any sense of remorse. Part of Siddhartha’s downfall was the ego that drove him to leave all of those that love him, and that sense of ego encouraged the desire-suffering cycle that clouds the path to enlightenment. Siddhartha didn’t break that cycle until he and Kamala had a son; Siddhartha loved his son with an overwhelming passion that he could never before understand, and then painfully lost him. Just as Siddhartha left his father, his son left him. This is a significant turning point in the story, for Siddhartha for the first time has abandoned his ego and felt the emptiness of loss. It is even written, “He felt deep love in his heart for the run...
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...When Eve dies Adam looks back on their life and discovers that she was his happiness, “Wherever she was, there was Eden” (62). Adam never actually lost the Garden of Eden as he so believed, but found it in their life together.
The basic need for companionship, as proven in Siddhartha and the Diaries of Adam and Eve, is an essential component of happiness. 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 others.