In Hermann Hesse's novel, Siddhartha, what is an epithet for Siddhartha?

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An epithet is an adjective or phrase that describes someone or something by expressing an important quality of that person/thing. In the first chapter, Siddhartha is referred to as "the handsome son of the Brahmin" and "the young falcon." He is also called "the strong one" and "the handsome one." By the use of all these epithets, we are given to understand that Siddhartha is, in many ways, the perfect son and man. He is strong, handsome, and regal. For a long time, only people of very high status could possess falcons, and so to be associated with a falcon seems to imply that Siddhartha has a very royal sort of nature: he perseveres, he is a natural leader with charisma and confidence, and he knows his own mind well.

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There are several epithets used for Siddhartha throughout the story.

Right in the very beginning of chapter one, Siddhartha is called "the young falcon," which implies strength, ferocity and keenness.

Later on, in the beginning of chapter three, he is called "the thinker," which identifies his preoccupation at that point in time with thinking about his place in the universe.  He has just left his childhood friend, Govinda, with the Buddha and for the very first time in his life he is feeling alone. Later on in the same chapter he is called, "Siddhartha, the awakening one," as his thinking has led him to a revelation in which he feels "awakened."

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