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Siddharta Essay

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Hesse holds a pinnacle of fascination with Orientalism in the art of fiction. Published in 1922 Siddhartha is known as Hesse's best work ever done. According to Hesse himself Siddhartha is an inward journey in the search of identity and truth. This novella was an effort shown by Hesse after a difficult time period of introspection. This novella was completed in 1922 and got tremendous response as a result in Europe but it did not grab any attention in United States of America till the 60's and 70's. The reason was the American youth were involved in cultural mayhem and at that time quoted it as mystic, cult and a meaningless character. Although composed in 1916 to 1925, the popularity of the character was below the line until 60's and 70's. A crisis broke out due to multiple personal troubles that leading Hesse to undergo psychoanalysis at a very early stage of his carrier. This therapy provided him opportunity to compile his Weg nach Innen leading towards self awareness and self realization, all of which made a further progress in continuation of Siddhartha.

Plot and Characters

The story revolves around Brahman boy Siddhartha who leaves home accompanying his best friend Govinda to join the ascetic Samanas caste. In three years both Govinda and Siddhartha denied the rejoices world has to offer. But still they were unable to find the right path. After going through various stages they finally began understand enlightment of a true soul. They followed Buddha for further strength and guidance. Govinda decided to stay with Buddha but Siddhartha on the other hand did not accept further association of the teachings of Buddha and decided to follow his heart instead. He also relinquished friendship of Govinda and decided to seek his own way. He was of the opinion that one must seek truth and guidance through living rather than mere teaching. After leaving both, Siddhartha comes across a river which...

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