Analysis Of Hermann Hesse 's Siddhartha

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As children the formalities posed upon us that our parents are with us since birth and to a certain extent they will always be with us even when we part home. Our parents serve us are the sole providers until we are able to fend for ourselves, when we part we look for them in times of need. We seek them when we are sadden by a misfortunate casualty, not obtaining the raise at work one hoped for or not being able to purchase the house you had been planning to live on. They are there in moments of transition, moments of change to sooth us with a comforting pat in the back or a graceful hug for the greater achievements in our lives like marrying your significant other. But what happens when we decide to leave our parents nest with the mindset of no return, where do we find comfort in times of change, who will be there? That is the transition the protagonist in the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse decides to make when he leaves the comfort of his home and finds comfort in the flow of the river. Just as our parents are with us since birth the river was with Siddhartha. The river was with him since a young boy “in the sunshine on the river bank by the boats… Siddhartha, the handsome Brahmin’s son, grew up with his friend Govinda” (3). The river wasn’t just part of his childhood but it played a significant role in his religion. As the river was part of his morning “holy ablutions” (3) it served as the proxy to his daily purification. Siddhartha’s early exposure set up his

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