Siddartha's Development In Hesse's Book Essay

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Siddhartha's Maturation as Marked by Key ExperiencesSiddhartha, by Herman Hesse is the story of a young Indian noble who ventures off in the world to find an understanding of the meaning of life. His journey begins as a young Brahmin who yearned to unwind the complexities of his existence. He ends as an old sage who has found peace within himself and his surroundings. Throughout the book, Hesse allows the reader to trace Siddhartha's maturation process both through his experiences, and people with whom he comes in contact. During his journey, he makes a number of choices, "turns", that put him on a path of his maturation which is marked by self discovery and independence. Siddhartha's ...view middle of the document...

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 marked by a moral demise that is counter to the end which he seeks. This decline, however, is the seed from which another stage of his maturation is fertilized. The old saying, "without failure there is no progress," applies to Siddhartha in this instance. Had he not been a part of the world which stripped him of his morality, he would not have explored the gamut of human experiences- both secular and spiritual. In the village, Siddhartha has quantitatively increased the number and range of his experiences. His growth is also evident in his leaving the village after becoming disgusted with the life that he has lived in the village. At the point in which he attempts suicide, Siddhartha has realized the ways of both the secular and spiritual lifestyle, and was in a position to choose which path suited him.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,...

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