This pain, however, is the final step in his maturation process. By
learning to love, something which he told Kamala that he would never be
able to do, Siddhartha's physical and spiritual development become complete.
In conclusion, Siddhartha's maturity can be traced to events that
allowed him to seek out his individuality. His meeting with Buddha led him
to see that an individual makes his/her own experiences; his experience in
the village allowed him to unlock the person which he had never explored;
and the time with his son gave him the opportunity to extend himself in
love. As aforementioned, Siddhartha's journey was determined by the
choices which he made. Part of his maturation was developed by reaping the
benefits of some choices, and suffering the consequences of others.
But the question of the exact nature of Hesse's debt to various aspects of Indian religion and philosophy in Siddhartha is quite complicated and deserves detailed discussion.
Unity is "the state of being one or a unit; harmony, agreement in feelings or ideas or aims, etc." Unity is first introduced by means of the river and by the mystical word "Om." Direct commentary from Siddhartha and the narrator also introduces the theme.
As a snake sheds it's skin in order to continue its physical growth, Siddhartha sheds the skins of his past: " he realized that something had left him, like the old skin a snake sheds/ Something was no longer with him, something that had accompanied him right through his youth and was a part of him" (37)....
The story focuses on him leaving his family home in India to find this peace and totality, but the theme of this story is not just about Siddhartha, there is an underlying theme which demonstrates that Siddhartha is not the only person searching for this peace, and this quest is not solely the theme of the story for Siddhartha, but for many of the characters, Siddhartha included....
The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for growing plant and for the soul of the child.” Siddhartha, a novel by Hermann Hesse, follows Siddhartha through his life stages.
The main character Siddhartha has learned all that is needed from the holy books and his teachers but believes none has really helped him reach the enlightment he truly searches for.
Furthermore, Siddhartha because of dissatisfaction renounces the life of asceticism and departs with Govinda to visit and hear Gautama Buddha speak and learn from him....
In order to find his "self", Siddhartha undertook a quest that was split into four main parts. These parts include: understanding, escape from "self", knowledge of "self", and wisdom, (enlightenment)....
This is also demonstrated Brahmin village where he is unhappy with the rituals, and sees wealth and material goods destroying him Herman Hesse uses Siddhartha demonstrate that success is not derived from material wealth, but from personal successes that may have nothing to do with wealth....
Hesse builds excitement and suspense through Siddhartha’s internal journey to create an emotional response usually associated with external conflict....
The narrator of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha uses the metaphor, “the game was called Samsara, a game for children, a game which was perhaps enjoyable played once, twice, ten times -- but was it worth playing continually?”.
The second experience that puts Siddhartha on a path to maturity is
his attempted suicide. Preceding this incident, Siddhartha made a complete
turnaround and decided to explore his worldly needs and lives the life of a
lover, merchant, and gambler. As a student of lust under Kamala and money
under Kamaswami, the protagonist becomes self centered, greedy, and no
longer one who can "think, fast, and write." His time in the village is
The final experience in Siddhartha's maturation was the discovery
of his son, Little Siddhartha. After Kamala's death, Siddhartha is left to
raise the son he never knew that he had. Raising Little Siddhartha was not
an easy task for the journeyman. Unlike his father, Little Siddhartha was
rude, spoilt, and a pain to bear. Siddhartha, unable to communicate with
the boy, graciously gave of himself so that his son would have as easy a
time as possible. The unappreciative son, however, unable to acknowledge
Siddhartha's sacrifice for him ran away, never to be seen again. After a
period of deep anguish, Siddhartha came to the realization that the pain he
felt was caused by the blind, heartfelt and unrequited love for his son.