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Liza's and Quinn's Siddhartha Project


Lizy David

on 7 September 2010

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Transcript of Liza's and Quinn's Siddhartha Project

Siddhartha Project
Liza David
Quinn Falter Photo #1 - Leaves
This photo symbolizes the connection that Siddhartha has with nature. In the chapter when he is reborn, he begins to see nature in a new light, as if he is seeing it for the first time. This is where he takes the first step toward just being instead of taking an action. He describes the vivid colors around him as he sees the world with new eyes. I pictured Siddhartha surrounded by changing leaves in the novel, which led me to take this picture. Photo #2 - Fork in Path
The fork in the road shown here symbolizes a few events in the novel. First of all, the path to the right shows the choice Govinda made to stay with the Buddha, while the elevated path on the left shows the path Siddhartha chose, the path to strive for more. Also, this photo symbolizes the point of view Siddhartha has, always being unsatisfied and seeking more out of life. Photo #3 - Yellow Robe In the novel, the Buddha is described as being very calm and peaceful. He and his followers are wearing yellow robes. This simple and calm color symbolizes a feeling of completeness. The air of completeness is Nirvana, which is what Siddhartha and Govinda are trying to achieve. Govinda stays with the Buddha and Siddhartha leaves. The color of the fabric in the photo shown is about the color I had pictured while reading the novel. Photo #4 - Caged Bird Kamala is the courtesan that Siddhartha meets when he is first introduced into the materialistic life of the village. She keeps a bird in a golden cage, like the one shown in the picture. After about twenty years in the village, Siddhartha senses it is time to move on. He has a dream that Kamala's rare bird has died, showing that his desire to continue living in the town has come to an end. Photo #5 - River The picture of the river shows Siddhartha’s faith and enlightenment. Siddhartha only became enlightened when he stood and came to listen to the river. The river was the source of enlightenment to Vasudeva as well. Siddhartha also had a connection to the river because the it showed him that time did not exist and Vasudeva was his guide across the river of questions to enlightenment. The river can also come to represent Siddhartha’s many thoughts because he almost always has a multitude of thoughts about enlightenment. Photo #6 - Water Deprived Plant
The dying plant is a representation of Siddhartha’s soul. The plants leaves have been tinged a brown and is in the process of dying; it is also in a cage. When Siddhartha is among the “Child People” his soul starts to deteriorate. Over time the fringes of his soul start to die away under the cage of material wealth. After a time Siddhartha tries to struggle out of his caged soul and life by escaping to the river. The plant also would come to life if it also had a source of water. Siddhartha comes to see the error of his ways when is soul is “watered” by the river. Photo #7 - Individualism Photo #8 - Smile The picture of a flower in bloom displays Siddhartha’s individualism. The bud in the picture is not yet in bloom, showing that Siddhartha has not yet become totally independent from Govinda. The bright color of the bloom also shows how Siddhartha’s soul is still young and fresh with ideas. The color clearly stands out among the leafy greens that surround it. Siddhartha also stands out physically and psychologically among the people in the village because he is a thin and handsome Samana and his lack of attachment with possessions. The picture shows a young man smiling gently. Throughout the novel almost no one smiled. Only the enlightened smiled more than once in the novel. When Siddhartha met the Buddha he was smiling and it was the same result when he met with his friend the ferryman, Vasudeva. Siddhartha did not smile more than once during the novel until he met Vasudeva and became enlightened as well. The smile could also mean wise. Whenever someone smiled it also meant that they were wise. Kamala also smiled when she met Siddhartha and was wise and taught him about love and the material world.
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