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The symbol of a bird in a cage is a classic (and sometimes overused) analogy for a loss of freedom. It is in the bird's nature to fly, and yet flying is impossible inside the cage. Thus we might...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2015 8:53 pm UTC

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Siddhartha learns several lessons from the river, including the unimportance of wealth and status, how things are connected, and that time is an illusion. Indeed, Siddhartha grows up by the river...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 3:38 pm UTC

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Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, is a novel which follows Siddhartha's quest for self-discovery. While physical intimacy should certainly happen within a true, loving relationship, love is obviously...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013 3:37 am UTC

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Siddhartha belongs to a socially and intellectually "superior" class of people, the Brahmins. However, he chooses to discard their teachings. He rejects the idea of being a disciple of the Buddha....

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 8:03 am UTC

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In chapter 5, the chapter named, "Kamala," Siddhartha spends a night in a ferryman's hut where he has a dream. In that dream his childhood friend, Govinda, whom he has just parted with for the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2013 2:08 pm UTC

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Siddhartha, son of a Brahman, is unable to find peace and harmony and embarks on a journey that he believes will help him learn and achieve his goals. He leaves his father’s home to join the...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2015 11:00 am UTC

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One example of imagery in the novel "Siddhartha" by the writer Herman Hesse is "shade poured into his black eyes." Here the reader immediately can see the darkness of the eyes and the other...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2012 8:30 pm UTC

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Despite Siddhartha's unique life, the situation in which he finds himself is a common father-son conflict in which a boy typically feels closer to his mother, does not appreciate his father's...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 6:45 pm UTC

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As Siddhartha seeks the enlightenment of losing his "self" he encounters the Samanas, and he seeks out and listens to the Buddha Gotama Buddha. He learns from each the concept of discipline of the...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2009 3:01 pm UTC

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Siddhartha is a Brahman's son and, as such, is expected and trained to fulfill his role in the capacity of a Brahman when he becomes older. A Brahamn is a well respected role within the community...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2008 9:20 pm UTC

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It is difficult to imagine two works less likely to appear in a compare and contrast experiment. On the surface, Siddhartha concerns a journey of enlightenment and spiritual fulfillment, whereas...

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While Siddhartha was among the samanas, he learnt the ascetic way of life, whereby he was able to achieve a higher level of self discipline and abstinence from worldly pleasures. He gave away his...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2015 9:33 am UTC

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Siddhartha is speaking to Gotama, the Buddha. In chapter three, titled "Gotama," Siddhartha and Govinda have left the samanas to investigate the rumors of Gotama the Buddha because "he had reached...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2013 2:34 am UTC

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The first reference in Siddhartha to the similes likening people to either leaves or stars occurs in the chapter "Amongst the People," as Siddhartha is telling Kamala why he believes he and she are...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2018 3:09 am UTC

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Certainly, there is the conflict between Siddhartha and his father when Siddhartha first decides that he wants to leave home and rejects the teachings that have not allowed him to reach nirvana....

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 11:50 am UTC

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Having left the Semanas and his friend Govinda, Siddhartha realizes he must be in the world before he can be removed from it: to look at a beautiful woman without lowering his eyes, to shave his...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010 11:57 pm UTC

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At the end of the novel, when Siddhartha has finally achieved the Enlightenment he has been so desperately searching for, Siddhartha invites Govinda to kiss him on the forehead. As Govinda does...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012 7:43 am UTC

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In the first chapter of the novel Siddhartha, author Herman Hesse describes just how much Siddhartha is loved and admired by those around him. Though he is still a young man, for some time he has...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 4:26 am UTC

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Hesse depicts Siddhartha as unhappy with life because it lacks the real sense of meaning that he so desperately seeks. Siddhartha is shown to be precocious and one who seeks to understand more...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2011 1:12 am UTC

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Govinda and Siddhartha both seem impressed with the Buddha when they meet him. He radiates serenity. He seems genuinely holy. Of all the renunciates they have met, he impresses them both the most....

Latest answer posted February 16, 2010 10:09 am UTC

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The statement about truth as being one where its force and counter-force are equally present in consciousness helps to bring about the realization of the transitory nature of life. The "opposite...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011 4:04 am UTC

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Part II begins with: Siddhartha learned something new on every step of his path, for the world was transformed, and his heart was enchanted. So, Hesse uses Part II as a period transition for...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 10:31 am UTC

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Before answering this question, it's important to consider the different definitions associated with the word guru. Guru 1. Hinduism: a preceptor giving personal religious instruction 2. an...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2015 2:45 pm UTC

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"Peace" is used no fewer than 15 times in Siddhartha. Peace is mainly connected to Gatama (Buddha). Siddhartha says: ...his quietly dangling hand expressed peace, expressed perfection, did not...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

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As the song goes, "Three is a Magic Number" in religion, literature, and philosophy--and for good reason. Siddhartha can be divided into three parts: In part 1 (chapters 1-4), Siddhartha could have...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2010 1:05 am UTC

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In chapter 3, "Gotama," Siddhartha and his friend Govinda meet the Buddha. They have just left the samanas in the woods after Siddhartha rants that they have nothing to teach him. He feels...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2011 8:29 pm UTC

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It's helpful to understand that a good translation of the "Kama" of "Kamala" is desire, especially in the context of sensual desire. In fact, Kamala is a name of the Hindu goddess of desire. The...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 8:20 am UTC

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Siddhartha's entire journey through life is a "learning process" in which, as with many other characters in literature, he seeks some level or degree of fulfillment beyond the usual experiences of...

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Rebirth is presented as the continual state of the cyclical nature of life in this novel. This is most clearly seen at the end of the text, when both Govinda and Siddhartha reach their goal of...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 1:52 pm UTC

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Before his ego dies by the river, Siddhartha considers his love for his son and his fear of losing the boy. His ferryman friend, Vasudeva, tells him that he must give these feelings up in order to...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 10:51 pm UTC

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In Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, the young Siddhartha insists on leaving family and village life to join a band of ascetic holy men to pray and meditate and do yoga to find enlightenment. His father...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 5:21 am UTC

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The various people that populate the pages of this classic seem to present different ways of pursuing Nirvana and therefore, the lesson that they teach us as readers is how to pursue enlightenment...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012 8:19 am UTC

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The fundamental idea encapsulated by this quotation is the Buddhist idea that one can never be satisfied, and indeed will always suffer, if one pursues and depends for one's happiness upon...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 6:52 pm UTC

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The novel of Siddhartha is divided into two parts, each part divided into four and then eight parts. The reason for this is to parallel the Eastern beliefs of Hinduuism and Buddhism. Part 1 is...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2007 1:05 am UTC

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Siddhartha becomes disillusioned with the ablutions as well as other religious practices because he has learned them and practiced them faithfully -- just as his father and others have -- and he...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 11:44 pm UTC

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This chapter comes in the section of the novel where Siddhartha has rejected religion on his quest for Enlightenment and now makes a deliberate choice to explore the senses and a life of sensuality...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012 8:09 am UTC

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I never thought about this before, but here's something to speculate about. In the novel, neither the Buddhist path nor the traditional path of renunciation as a Samana leads to liberation. One way...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 4:51 pm UTC

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The novel's opening scene depicts Siddhartha's dukkha, one of the most essential components of the Buddhist religion. In Buddhism, "dukkha" takes place when a person has become aware of the...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016 12:03 am UTC

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The fourth chapter of Siddhartha begins just as Siddhartha has left behind the greatest teacher he has ever met, the Buddha, as well as his devoted friend, Govinda, and set out on a path to an...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 4:51 am UTC

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Siddhartha partakes of the qualities of the traditional Bildungsroman but is overlaid with a setting unconventional by Western standards. Like many characters in literature, Siddhartha is a man in...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019 5:11 pm UTC

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In the chapter entitled "Om," Siddharta is shown to spend a long time meditating on the loss of his son as he lives his life as the ferryman on the river. This process of meditation is shown to...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 1:59 pm UTC

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In chapter 11 of Hesse's "Siddhartha," the title character is experiencing great longing for the normalcy of common people's lives as he ferries them across the river. He sees men with their sons...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 6:18 pm UTC

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As Siddhartha meditates on the river at the direction of Vasudeva he listens to the river and what it has to say to him. Having already heard only the laugh of the river, Vasudeva encourages him to...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 2:06 pm UTC

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There are two encounters with the ferryman, Vasudeva, and I'm assuming you mean the first. At the time of the first encounter, Siddhartha has just experienced a type of rebirth. He is filled with...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2013 8:35 pm UTC

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In the chapter “Samsara” Siddhartha has a dream of a songbird that his lover, Kamala, keeps in a cage. He dreamed that one morning he found the bird dead. Siddhartha took the dead bird and threw it...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2013 4:29 pm UTC

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The river symbolizes balance. In the first part of the book, Siddhartha lives in a spiritual world. He experiences life with his family in the village practicing Hinduism. He lives with the Samanas...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020 1:21 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 1:46 pm UTC

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At the end of the novel, Govinda is still "the seeker." He has not yet found Nirvana, but he realizes that Siddhartha has. The entire novel is about seeking peace within yourself...it...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2007 4:09 am UTC

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Brahman is defined (in some texts) as the supreme self. It is the connecting energy throughout all things. The Native Americans would call it “The Great Spirit” that abides in all living things,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2013 1:01 pm UTC

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In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha, the title character Siddhartha goes on a quest to find his true self. Though it takes some time for him to realize it, his quest finally leads him to an acceptance of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 4:10 am UTC

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