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How Does Culture Compare With The Novel "Siddhartha" By Hermann Hesse?

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When one is born, rules, knowledge, and objects are set upon individuals to direct their lives. This development is a brief description of culture. When culture is placed into a person's mindset, they gradually learn to use and live by that culture. Culture is a broad perception regarding everything learned, and shared by a society. There are a mixture of similar, and different cultures around the world. Understanding of other culture's beside one's own, is an advantage to one's erudition. Culture is exposed in everyday life, and also discovered in many short stories, novels, and poems. One novel that culture is greatly revealed in is Siddhartha, published in 1922, by Hermann Hesse.In this spiritual novel, the development of a boy named Siddhartha, is depicted. Siddhartha is the son of a Brahmin, who depends on his father in ancient India. Everyone living around him is a prosperous Brahmin, which influences him to practice this religion as well. The rituals preformed by the Brahmin are said to bring peace, and enlightenment, but Siddhartha feels this is missing. He doesn't feel that this religion is for him, but since it is all that surrounds him, he has to at least attempt it. After realizing this wasn't the direction he wanted to follow, he searched for something more. When Samanas, a group of wondering ascetics passed through his town, he considered trying their method to reach enlightenment. The Samanas believed that a denunciation of the body, and physical desire will lead them to enlightenment. Siddhartha decided to follow this ascetics path, to search for some of the answers he was looking for. Initially, his father resists letting his son go to practice other religions, but eventually gives in to let his son search for the answers he needs, in the manner he wants to.After trying this new religion, he ascertained that this life of self rejection was not the life for him. He remained unanswered, and still searching for a way to reach enlightenment, when gossip of a new holy man, by the name of Gotama, a Buddha who has reached the entire spiritual enlightenment called, Nirvana. After leaving the Samanas religion, and joining Gotama and his religion, Siddhartha still did not find what he was looking for. In his lingering search for happiness, he decided to establish a life learning the material world, and pleasures of the body. This leads him to eventually discovering love, with a girl by the name of Kamala. Along with finding love, he also finds a well paying job as a merchant. Over time, he becomes rich, and is enjoying the remuneration of his prosperous lifestyle. Although there were so many benefits of his new life, the more he gained the more...

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