The Key To Enlightenment In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

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Friends fight, parents and children argue, siblings bicker and tease, but it is all worth it in the end. In Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, the topic of relationships versus material items comes up multiple times. As Siddhartha searches to find enlightenment and the meaning in life, he goes through many different trials, but nothing seems to give him pure happiness until the end of the novel. Hesse made it a point for the reader to realize that people were not put on this world to be alone, we were made to have relationships with others. The author also made a clear statement that happiness can not come from material items or even having no material items at all. Creating bonds, such as Siddhartha’s friendship with Govinda and his relationship with Kamala is the key to enlightenment.
Hesse implied that good relationships with others is what allows people to find total enlightenment, or pure happiness. As Govinda and Siddhartha prepare to part ways, Siddhartha gives a powerful speech and says, “‘You have heard my blessing, Govinda. I repeat it. May you travel this path to the end. May you find salvation!’”. Although Siddhartha cares about Govinda and their friendship, he knows that in order for Govinda to go far in life he must learn for himself, by himself. He easily could’ve made the selfish decision and just kept on carrying Govinda through life. But he pushed Govinda to move past his comfort zone and to jump in with his own two feet. Later on, when Siddhartha and Govinda
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