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The Book "Siddhartha"Conveys A Lot Of Subtle Messages: In Depth Analysis And A Thorough Character Analysis Of Siddhartha.

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The book "Siddhartha" subtly conveys a lot of subtle messages. In the following paper I seek to analyze the book in depth and simultaneously do a thorough character analysis of Siddhartha.Siddhartha was written by Hermann Hesse in 1922.Siddhatha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate enlightenment after realizing that he is not happy as a Brahmin. He is in search of enlightenment and undertakes the path of Buddhism even though originally he is a Brahmin. As a Brahman Siddhartha's ultimate goal is to attain Nirvana. His search takes him from a life of decadence to ascetism, from the joys of loving a beautiful girl to the struggles with his son and the wisdom of ultimate renunciation. Siddhartha is extremely skilled in the Brahmin's art. He also recognizes the Atman within himself and knows the meditations to the Om. He learnt all there was to learn to be a Brahman but he still feels incomplete because the peace that Nirvana gives is still unknown to him. Siddhartha deciphered through his studies that the process of Nirvana has to come from within oneself and that self-purification is the only way to get to Nirvana. If he pursues Nirvana any other way then he is just distracting himself from attaining Nirvana. For this reason Siddhartha joins the Samanas so that he can continue on the path of self purification and attain Nirvana. Siddhartha also knows for a fact that no other Brahman has attained Nirvana and that is why he knows he that he has to deviate from being a Brahman because he will never attain Nirvana that way. Siddhartha is also in search of the truths of the world and finding absolution in peace. He knows that his search for truths will ultimately lead to the finding peace. All that is true in the world can teach him how to gain Nirvana. After all Siddhartha is "thirsty for knowledge."There is also a striking similarity between Siddhartha and Gautama. Siddhartha is the first name of the Buddha in Indian Mythology. Both men were extremely intelligent and intellectual. They were extremely good looking and in good physical form .Despite all these wonderful qualities, both of them dedicated their lives to philosophy and intellect.There is a very good parallel that Hesse drew in the book between the two of them.Siddhartha has great will power. He knows he has to purify himself and he will go to any lengths to do it. In order to attain Nirvana Siddhartha had to leave his family. He knew what he wanted and knew how to attain it. Siddhartha was also a little stubborn. He did not leave his fathers chambers till his father agreed with Siddhartha and let him leave home to join the samanas.Patience and stubbornness when he interacts with people is another asset to his character. It teaches him to out wait anyone or anything which in turn teaches him to how to live without and this guides him through his life with the samanas.Siddhartha did not find inner peace with the samanas and leaves them to find another place where he can find...

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