Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha Essay

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In the short story “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha, the protagonist of the story was led on a journey to reach enlightenment. Through his many realizations occurring in stages and phases, Siddhartha experienced emotional, mental and physical changes. These stages marked the journey Siddhartha underwent, and the destined metamorphism developed as he followed the path of enlightenment.

In Siddhartha 's first phase, Siddhartha, a wealthy Brahmin found that even though “everyone loved” him, he could not “bring himself joy” and “please himself” (Hesse). This discontent was spurred by the fact that “the wise Brahmins had shared the majority and the best of their wisdom with him;” yet, he was not satisfied nor did this quench his thirst for knowledge but only fueled it (Hesse). Questions arose, about sacrifices, happiness and Atman, “did he who possessed so much wisdom live a blessed life” (Hesse)? At this moment in Siddhartha’s life, he was without peace and he wanted to find answers to these many questions. Focused and hellbent on the journey to enlightenment, Siddhartha made an audacious decision to “go to the Samanas [and] become a Samana” (Hesse). Through hours of an impasse between Siddharth and his father, his father finally agreed to let Siddhartha continue his life journey that began with becoming a Samana. Through this phase, Siddhartha learned he was unsatisfied with practices such as sacrificing, and that he had already achieved the wisdom obtainable from
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