Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

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Herman Hesse’s novel Siddhartha is a spiritual book about a man who finds himself , during the time when the teachings of Buddha started to evolve. Throughout this spiritual novel, there are many recurring symbols, themes, and strong bonds between the characters. 2. Other than the ferryman Vasudeva helping Siddhartha,the river helps Siddhartha with his path toward enlightenment. The river serves as the instructor in Siddhartha’s journey when he abandons his wealth and leaves the Samanas. The river is like life, it flows in a certain direction, depending on the journey you want to take. The function of the river is that it will give one answers depending on the direction it takes. Because of the philosophical meaning of the river, if one understands it, they will achieve enlightenment. Vasudeva’s philosophical belief is that one must listen to the river for answers. The river provides one with knowledge without words. Siddhartha’s reward for listening to the river is that he will have a true understanding of reality. Event though Vasudeva told Siddhartha to listen to the river by his philosophical belief, Siddhartha achieved the meaning of reality of on his own. In reality , the river was the instruction because it shared it’s knowledge with Siddhartha how to achieve enlightenment, while the ferryman just pointed him in the right direction. In the end Siddhartha becomes the ferryman, and Vasudeva retires. Hence now that Siddhartha has true knowledge, he shares
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