Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund Comparative Essay

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Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund
Comparative Essay

Hermann Hesse was a man that lived from 1877 and 1962 and faced a life of struggle as he coped with the effects of war. During this period of time the theme of finding yourself was quite popular and experiences affect his works. Hesse wrote both Narcissus And Goldmund and Siddhartha, two books that are about men who are searching for who they are. The novels themselves have various ideas in common, even small details, but are two different pieces of work.
The protagonists in both these books are out on a quest to find themselves, who they are and what they are doing. Both Siddhartha and Goldmund start off strictly bound to their fate but drift to other ideas, like Siddhartha going
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The leave of these two characters is a shock to their friends Govinda and Narcissus. During the journeys, the wanderers seem to venture and finally come upon a place they had been before. Just like how Siddhartha returned to the river and Goldmund goes to the cloister. Although they reach the same places they’ve been to, things change for them as they near the end of their long paths. Both are wiser and have much more experience than they did when they came upon these places the first time. Also another recurring theme is the idea that eventually everything comes back. It’s shown in Narcissus and Goldmund how Goldmund goes back to the cloister and in Siddhartha how he returns to the river. Even further than that is the fact that even friends come back where Narcissus comes upon the opportunity to save Goldmund’s life after many years of not seeing him, and how Govinda meets this new sage, his old friend Siddhartha.
     The quests of the two protagonists seem to follow the same trend. The two of them, Goldmund and Siddhartha, start their quests in families that are well to do. (Siddhartha is a Brahmin and Goldmund’s father is in the upper class). Next they both go into a spiritual frenzy as Siddhartha becomes enveloped in mortification of the flesh as an ascetic and Goldmund studies his religion ardently. After that both characters suffer an awakening to something bigger and

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