Siddhartha Analysis Paper

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Time does not exist; love is eternal; death brings peace. Siddhartha illustrates each of these themes in the novel, Siddhartha. Throughout his life, Siddhartha is very independent. For example, Siddhartha demonstrates self-determination when he leaves his overbearing father “to begin the life of the Samanas” (Hesse 10). There, he escapes from the physical world to soon realize that enlightenment cannot come from ignoring the world around him. He decides to follow the Buddha and learn his teachings; however, he is unsuccessful. As Siddhartha goes through his unaccompanied journey towards Enlightenment, he comes to realize that he must let his loved ones go and “that each man must find the way by himself” (Malthaner 3). Foolishly, he falls…show more content…
After his experiences, Siddhartha comprehends that he is not capable of individualistic love and decides to abandon Kamala. Later, he meets her again, but now she is not alone. While Kamala takes a journey with her son to visit the dying Buddha, she gets bitten by a poisonous snake and perishes. He loses Kamala’s love but hopes to gain the love of his son. Unfortunately, he never does. Siddhartha treats his son with consideration and respect although he realizes the boy has been spoiled by a wealthy lifestyle. He unsuccessfully tries to win over the love of his son, but his love is not mutual. Young Siddhartha soon runs away towards the village to continue his life without his controlling father. Although Siddhartha understands that he must let him go, his love for his son is overwhelming; he cannot bear to let the boy go. After speaking with Vasudeva, the Ferryman, and learning from the river, Siddhartha learns to accept the loss of love. Now, Siddhartha has gained wisdom and understanding of love—universal love. Enlightenment cannot exist without love, for love is “the most important thing in the world” (Hesse 147). Through Kamala and his son he has learned that one must “love the world, not despise it” (Hesse 147). At first, love is portrayed as an immoral feeling and thought of as an obstacle in his journey to reach Nirvana. Later, Siddhartha learns that one must love to prosper and that love is what keeps the world alive. In conclusion,
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