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Transcript of Siddhartha 2
Central theme of works: the ongoing struggle to be free from the constraints of society and to follow your heart
(http://www.biography.com/people/hermann-hesse-9337513). Finds Peace Kalama, Kamaswami, &
The Ordinary People Spark Ferryman & the River (Vasadeva) Siddhartha's Journey Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
Hermann Hesse Summary Plot Siddhartha is about a young man who ventures into the world to find his purpose and to find peace within himself. Brahman As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
Hermann Hesse If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Hermann Hesse Siddhartha is restless and realizes he is not truly happy in the beginning of the novel. Siddhartha is a Brahman's son. He learns the ways of the Brahman. Practices meditation.
The goal: reach Nirvana Leaves the Brahman Becomes a Samana (someone that lives in the forest with no material possessions). What Siddhartha Learns: Leaves the Samana. What Siddhartha Learns Leaves behind world of pleasures What Siddhartha Learns Themes Symbolism The River: symbolizes the constant flow of life and transitions. Dream about the caged dead bird: symbolizes Siddhartha's unenlightened soul which has been crushed by the pleasures of the world. Relevance to today... To sum it up in one sentence.... Brahman: member of the highest Hindu caste. You must be Brahman to become a priest in the Hindu religion. Nirvana: finding peace and exiting the cycle of reincarnation. how to think
how to fast
how to wait "When all the Self was conquered and dead, when all passions and desires were silent, then the last must awaken, the innermost of Being that is no longer Self - the great secret!" (Hesse, 11). How to give in to physical desires
How to trade in the business world
How to drink and gamble Brotherhood
How to listen
How to understand the connection between all things ("Unity") Siddhartha believes all of his experiences have been necessary for him to reach this pivotal moment in life. Siddhartha's experiences helped him discover who he was and helped him find peace in the world. Smile: the smile symbolizes peace. The holy men that smile have reached enlightenment and inner-peace. The Ferrryman: symbolizes the guide to enlightenment. He is the only teacher that shows and does not tell.
In the end, Siddhartha becomes a Ferryman and helps Govinda find peace. Searching for a purpose 1) Our parents and friends can try to teach us what they know of the world, but we have to experience it ourselves to understand the world. 2) Siddhartha becomes lost. Everybody in the world is lost at one point or another and I think a really good message in this book is that everything is transitory. We all go from one transition in life to another, nothing is ever constant. And we must make transitions in our life to learn and to experience new things and to find the things that make us who we are and what makes us truly happy. Relevant book for everyone. For us because we are transitioning from high school to college and we have to find ourselves in a new environment. For people that transition from one job to another, from one stage of life to another. From being single to being married, married to single, well to sick, sick to well, from being rich to poor, or from poor to rich; life is an ever-changing journey. Unity: Everything in life is connected. Learning from others: One life span is not very long but because everybody experiences different things within their one lifespan you can take bits and pieces from their experience (which many have learned from other people that have learned from other people, etc.) and add a lot to your knowledge and experience that you could not possibly gather if you were isolated and did not connect with other people. Influences: Family has a wide range of beliefs. Father believed man is born evil and should be self-controlled. His parents and grandparents were missionaries in India and they brought back ideas from Indian, Buddhist, and Mohammedan cultures. He grew up in a very spiritual and Christian home. Hermann was a bold thinker and his teachers thought he was insane even as a young child. Hesse lived through World War II. His wife’s family was killed by Nazis, which disturbed him for the rest of his life. Earned Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946
(http://www.enotes.com/siddhartha/author-biography). Works Cited "Siddhartha." Enotes.com. Enotes.com. Web. 17 May 2012.
"Hermann Hesse Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 17 May 2012.