The Search for Enlightenment in Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse Essays

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The story of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is a story of love , learning and the search of happiness for inner self. The main character Siddhartha has learned all that is needed from the holy books and his teachers but believes none has really helped him reach the enlightment he truly searches for. His only solution was to become free and leave his family and go where life takes him, which starts off by joining the Samanas , a group of priests who go through life by practicing asceticism. As for that Siddhartha undergoes many lessons of life from the people he encounters on his adventure for the search of enlightenment. People such as a beautiful courtesan who teaches him about love, a rich merchant who teaches him about …show more content…
I will grow tired. You will fall asleep, Siddhartha ,I will not fall asleep. You will die, Siddhartha., I will die.” he finally sees that he is ready for the journey ahead of him. After many years of learning from the Samanas he now knows he can no longer learn from them because he feels he has nothing to learn from them that will help him reach his goal of enlightenment. He moves on to a town where he meets appealing and very beautiful woman named Kamala. He knew he could learn from her about the mysteries love , but kamala wishes not teaches him only after he learns the way of money. Which he learns after many years with the businessman named Kamaswami. Kamaswami is a very clever merchant. He teaches Siddhartha everthing that deals with money and the material pleasures of the world. But as the years past , the love that Kamala give and the tricks of money from Kamaswami led him into a different path in life. A path in which he sees himself lost and out of touch with the world he used to know. “"Slowly, like moisture entering the dying tree trunk, slowly filling and rotting it, so did the world and inertia creep into Siddhartha's soul; it slowly filled his soul, made it heavy, made it tired, sent it to sleep" .His only way out was to forsake this life and leave everything behind to find himself again. As he leaves the town, he finds himself near the river in which he…