The Process Of Jungian Psychoanalysis In Siddhartha

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Hermann Hesse, a German author famous especially for his novel Siddhartha, among others, was born in 1877 into a Protestant Christian family. Hesse travelled to India in 1911, excited for a spiritual Buddhist experience like his grandfather told him stories about, but was sorely disappointed by scam artists and the country’s poverty. In his later life, Hesse suffered multiple instances of trauma and loss. "During the war, Hesse's life changed drastically as his family began to fall apart. His wife showed symptoms of mental illness, while his third son became very ill. Hesse… experienced, albeit second-hand, the horrors of war. He publicly denounced the war, and in retaliation, the German ...view middle of the document...

Hesse laments: “Siddhartha had begun to feel the seeds of discontent within him. He had begun to feel that the love of his father and mother, and also the love of his friend Govinda, would not always make him happy, give him peace, satisfy and suffice him. He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and other teachers, the wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their wisdom, that they had already poured the sum of the total of their knowledge into his waiting vessel; and the vessel was not full, his intellect was not satisfied, his soul was not at peace, his heart was not still” (5). Siddhartha is confused because he has no concrete reason to feel unfulfilled. He has “the love of his father and mother, and also the love of his friend Govinda", and his teachers have already given him "the best of their wisdom", but his "soul [is not yet] at peace". Hesse has given his lead character everything he could ask for, but Siddhartha is still displeased. Siddhartha can no longer function on the love of others, of which he has had his fill, and requires now the understanding of himself. He has taken everything he can from his first stage of life - love, learning, wisdom, wealth - but it is not enough. Hesse uses the word “seeds” to conjure an image of Siddhartha just starting to grow and change and embrace his real self. The seeds could also represent the Bodhi tree that Siddhartha will later meditate under during his awakening, signifying a very careful choice of words. Hesse also describes Siddhartha as a “vessel” because although a vessel...

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