Analysis Of The Play ' Antigone '

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In the reading Siddartha, the protagonist, Siddartha, is a man who comes to the realization that he is lacking in life and that the materialistic treasures of the world, such as power, wealth, and sex, do not satisfy him anymore. He then embarks on a long journey to fill the void inside of him and search for the enlightenment that he craves. Before he experiences his awakening, he faces many obstacles and fights many battles between his internal values and the values of the world. Likewise, the play Antigone is the story of a tragic hero who defies the rules of her society in order to do what she feels is morally just. She is eventually charged with treason and sentenced to death by the society because of her act of heroism. It is made…show more content…
It had to be found, the pristine source in one 's own self, it had to be possessed! Everything else was searching, was a detour, was getting lost” (Hesse 5). These thoughts that were running through Siddartha’s mind clearly demonstrates how much he disagrees with his family’s ways. The sheer thought of Siddartha following in his father’s footsteps brings him immense dissatisfaction. Even though his father is a noble and good man, Siddartha believes that his father lacks what he is ultimately searching for, enlightenment.
Siddhartha experiences multiple instances of conflict between his search for truth and traditional social structure and addresses it by seeking out new experiences. This is displayed when Siddartha is leaving the Brahmins and says, “But there is one thing that the so clear, so vulnerable Teaching does not contain: it does not contain the secret of what the Sublime One himself has experienced, he alone among the hundreds of thousands. That is what I thought and realized when I heard the Teaching. That is why I am resuming my wandering – not to seek a different, a better teaching, for I know that there is none; but to leave all teachings and all teachers and to reach my goal alone or die” (Hesse 32). Here, Siddartha is explaining that his method of achieving enlightenment is different from the standards of his people. The Brahmins maintain the culture and method of having a teacher who is
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