Siddhartha Topics for Further Study
by Hermann Hesse

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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

  • Research the Indo-European family of languages, of which English, German, and Sanskrit are members. How does Pali, the language of Buddhism fit in? What are other member languages? What migrations may have affected the history of this language group?
  • Investigate C. G. Jung's concepts of the shadow, the anima, and the animus. Consider how the various characters in Siddhartha illustrate these concepts.
  • Compare the Eastern ideas of simultaneity and totality as represented by the river with the philosophy of time and space that evolves out of Einstein's theory of relativity.
  • Consider the father/son theme in Siddhartha in relation to Hesse's idea of synthesis.