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Hero's Journey: Siddhartha
Transcript of Hero's Journey: Siddhartha
The hero's darkest hour but is reborn again
The Hero's Journey
"I require clothes and money, that is all. These things are easy goals which do not disturb one's sleep" (33).
Trials and Challenges
"How he loved this river, how it enchanted him, how grateful he was to it! In his heart he heard the newly awakened voice speak, and it said to him: "Love this river, stay by it, learn from it." Yes, he wanted to learn from it, he wanted to listen to it. It seemed to him that whoever understood this river and its secrets, would understand much more, many secrets, all secrets" (54).
Call to Adventure
"The Buddha has robbed me, thought Siddhartha. He has robbed me, yet he has given me something of greater value. he as robbed me of my friend, who believed in me and now believes in him; he was my shadow and is now Gotama's shadow. but he has given to me Siddhartha, myself" (20).
Gift From the God/Goddess(s)
The Hero is helped by someone older and wiser
In chapter 3 Siddhartha goes to see the illustrious one, Gotama. While there he learns that no teacher can help him anymore, and that he much teach himself to reach enlightenment.
"He realized that he was no longer a youth; he was now a man. He realized that something had left him, like the old skin that a snake sheds. Something was no longer with him, something that has accompanied him right through his youth and was part of him: this was the desire to have teachers and to listen to their teachings" (21).
Life is normal
Chapter 4 in general was
Siddhartha's departure into the unknown world. This is because in chapter 4 Siddhartha goes through a spiritual awakening and is "reborn". He no longer had Govinda and also realizes that he is all alone in the world.
The hero departs from his ordinary life into a life of adventure
The hero is called to adventure in some way
The hero faces obstacles and challenges that they have to overcome
The hero is about to face his biggest test or worst fear
Special recognition, a power, or some type of treasure is gained by the hero
"Like a veil, like a thin mist, a weariness settled on Siddhartha, slowly, every day a little thicker, every month a little darker, every year a littler heavier. As a new dress grows old with time, loses its bright color, becomes stained and creased, the hems frayed, and here and there weakened threadbare places, so had Siddhartha's new life which he had begun after his parting from Govinda, become old" (42).
The hero must make peace with the other turmoils in their life
The longer that Siddhartha stays in Samsara the more tainted he becomes. He starts to forget his old days with Govinda and when he became awakened in the forest. he becomes addicted to gambling and money. He starts to becomes jsut like ordinary people. This leads into the darkest time in his life.
Receives some sort of reward or gift from a Divine Being.
"He looked down into the green water which flowed beneath him. He looked down and was completely filled with a desire to let himself go and be submerged in the water. A chilly emptiness in the water reflected the terrible emptiness in his soul. yes, he was at the end" (47).
The Hero returns home, but his/her life isn't exactly the same because they are a hero now.
""Om," he pronounced inwardly, and he was conscious of Brahman, of the indestructibleness of life; he remembered all that he had forgotten, all that was divine" (48).
During the chapter “By the River” Siddhartha goes through his darkest hour. Right after he became addicted to money, gambling and women in Samsara, he stops by a river that he once crossed on his journey. There at the river he becomes full of thoughts of regret and remorse over how he had spent the last 20 years of his life, and that he had forgotten his only good qualities. he wants to drown himself in the river, however just as he is about to kill himself, he hears the Brahmin word of “perfection” om, and is reborn.
All side plots and lose ends are resolved
Siddhartha is a normal child, living in a rich family and with a best friend named Govinda. His life isn't as different as anyone else at this point.
""This smile of Siddhartha-was exactly the same as the calm, delicate, impenetrable, perhaps gracious, perhaps mocking, wise, thousand-fold smile of Gotama, the Buddha, as he perceived it with awe a hundred times. it was in such a manner, Govinda knew, that the Perfect One smiled" (81).
In the last chapter "Govinda" We learn that at long last Siddhartha has accomplished his goal and had reached enlightenment just has Gotama once did. Govidna gets to meet with Siddhartha and the two tell stories of their many journeys since they last parted.
"But he, Siddhartha, did not give himself joy, he was no pleasure to himself. Strolling on the pinkish walls of the fig orchard, sitting in the bluish shade of the grove of contemplation, washing his limbs in the daily expiatory bath, sacrificing in the deep shade of the mango forest, with gestures of perfect propriety, loved by all, the joy of all, nevertheless he bore no joy in his heart" (2).
Siddhartha is starting to become bored with life. His life is unsatisfactory and he will start searching for a meaning to life. This is his call to adventure, because once he gets bored of his current life, he begins to search for a new way of life and that starts his journey throughout the book.
Book By: Hermann Hesse
Presentation By: Wan Xing and Deonte Wilson
"they were all interwoven and interlocked, entwined in a thousand ways. All the voices, all the goals, all the yearnings, all the sorrows, all the pleasures, all the good and evil, all of them together was the stream of events, the music of life. When Siddhartha listened attentively to this river, to this song of a thousand voices; when he did not listen to the sorrow or laughter, when he did not bind his soul to any one particular voice and absorb it in his Self, but heard them all, the whole, the unity; then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of one word: Om- perfection" (73).
In the chapter "Om' Siddhartha gains a valuable lesson from Vasudeva and from the river. After his son leaves him and goes to Samsara, Siddhartha learns to connect with people on a new level. He listens to the river, and the river lets him hear the voices of all the people in the world, he listens closer, and starts to hear all the voices as one harmonious sound, the sound of "perfection" om.
""At that moment he heard an inward voice and the voice said "No!" Then all the magic disappeared from the young women's smiling face" (28).
During the chapter "Kamala" Siddhartha has many challenges and trials that he has to go through. including confronting his sexuality and gaining things such as riches.
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"Slowly, he also saw and realized that the eleven-year-old child was a spolit mother's boy and had been brought up in the habits of the rich, that he was accustomed to fine food and a soft bed, accustomed to commending servants" (63).
"In the shadow of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank by the boats, in the shadow of the
-tree forest, in the shadow of the fig tree, Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young falcon, together with Govinda his friend" (1).
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"But now, since his son was there, he, Siddhartha, had become completely like one of the pople, through sorrow, through loving. he was madly in love, a fool because of love. now he also experienced belatedly, r once in his life, the strongest and strangest passion; he suffered tremendously through it and yet was uplifted, in some way renewed and richer" (66).
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The result of Siddhartha's life with the ferryman, and his new awakening is the arrival of his son. The arrival of Siddhartha's son could be seen as a good or bad thing depending on what way you view it. By looking at the fact that his son causes him a lot of pain and suffering his son looks more like an atonement. However it can also be seen as a blessing because after meeting his son, Siddhartha becomes able to feel empathy for ordinary people.
After going through rebirth by the river, Siddhartha gains back not only his memories but his inner voice. The voice tells him to stay by the river and learn from it. From there he starts his life with the ferryman. Throughout his life with the ferryman he learns many things and comes closer to reaching enlightenment.
"Siddhartha said: 'Yes, I have had ideas and realizations, from time to time. On ocasions, for an hour or for a day, I have felt knowledge in myself, just as a man feels life in his heart. Those thoughts were numerous, but it would be hard for me to communicate them to you. Look, my dear Govinda, here is one of the thoughts I discovered: Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness" (76).
In this last chapter, Siddhartha is talking to Govinda about everything Siddhartha has learned up until now and what his meaning of life or enlightened ideas are. At this point Siddhartha has become enlightened and leads a new life that is no longer full of worldly things and suffering.
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