discovering individuality Essay

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A journey is something that must be done in everyone‘s life. The journey starts when the person is born and ends when they die. People are all searching for their own things. Some search for things like: money, power, fame, knowledge, peace, understanding, and a sense of who they are. Some people do just for the thrill of adventure. Siddhartha wants to find his individual place in society through personal experience and follow no one else’s ideas but his own.
Siddhartha’s journey takes him through different worlds which are represented geographically through the three different parts of the story. In the first part of the book he travels through the world of the spirit and intellect during his time with the Brahmins, Samanas, and the
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With this realization he leaves the city without letting anyone know.
The final leg of Siddhartha’a journey leads him back to the river he crossed so many years ago. Here he nearly commits suicide but is saved by the sacred word "om". After a chance meeting with Govinda he looks into the river smiling and sees the river smiling back at him. When he sees this he decides to stay by the river and asks the ferryman to become his assistant. Now Siddhartha will learn what it means to travel between the world of the intellect and the world of the senses, and listen while he does it (Understanding Hermann Hesse 104). The first thing Siddhartha learns from the river is that there is no such thing as time, and this metaphor is central to the theology that Hesse follows. It expresses all of being as an eternal present: "Nothing was, nothing will be, everything is, everything has being and presence" (Understanding Hermann Hesse 104).
Siddhartha’s journey is almost complete, but he still has one more thing to experience. That thing is love. Siddhartha gains this experience when Kamala, on a journey to see the Buddha before he dies, is poisoned by a snake and dies. This leaves young Siddhartha in the hands of Siddhartha and Vasudeva. Vasudeva warns Siddhartha not to protect his son, because protection only delays the inevitable and makes the ultimate confrontation with life’s unpleasantness, pain,