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Family Values in Siddhartha by Hesse and A Doll's House by Ibsen

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Family values In my essay I am going to show what extent the interaction of family relations impact the development of the protagonists of the works ?Siddhartha? by Herman Hesse, translated by Hilda Rosner and ?A Doll?s House? by Henrik Ibsen translated by Peter Watts. I am going to show how different relationships affect and impact the central protagonist?s decision s in both works. I will analyze how various family relations shape the central protagonists and enhance character development. I will also show that even though both plays share similar family relations but each relationship affects the protagonist in a unique way. Although both protagonists go through their odyssey?s and learn through individual relationships however they both end up on very different terms by the end of it. Finally I will prove that in the case of Siddhartha family relationships is a passing phase that shapes each stage of Siddhartha?s journey in life. However in the case of the ?Doll?s House? Nora is living a cocooned like existence woven around her husband by keeping her away from harsh realities of life. The novel ?Siddhartha? starts out on a much disciplined background as Siddhartha a young, well focused Brahmin is brought up in an Ashram under his father?s rules. ...read more.


But according to your teachings, this unity and logical consequences of all things is broken in one place.?[4] On the other hand with Nora, Mrs. Linde influences her and she brings out many hidden aspects and acts like an eye opener to Nora. Mrs. Linde?s words holds great weight in Nora?s life as she comes to a stage where she wants to substitute or sacrifice her family for living Mrs. Linde?s way of life. This is shown in the text when Nora speaks to her nurse, ?Do you think so? Do you think they?d forget their mamma if she went away altogether??[5] Siddhartha is a solitary figure and moves through his journey with an impartial mind. He is like a lone wolf and no matter where is goes he has people around him. In this case family is viewed on a more broad perspective as the people he affiliates with are considered to be his family. Siddhartha is entrapped by the own shackles of his soul and his goal is to break free from it. Whereas Nora is someone who is more dependent on her family as she is more accustomed to be living with a sense of surveillance. ...read more.


Siddhartha begins to get closer to Vasudeva and beings to learn from him. Vasudeva can be considered as Siddhartha?s mentor as he helps him think for himself and realize many hidden truths. Vasudeva and Torvald can be viewed as catalysts in the enlightenment of the central protagonists of both works. As Vasudeva helps Siddhartha reach his point of Nirvana, whereas Torvald makes Nora realize and choose just what she thinks is precise for her. However, they both have different intentions behind this, as it becomes Vasudeva?s aim to guide Siddhartha to the point of awakening. Although in the case of Torvald, it wasn?t anticipated for him to lash out on Nora making her realize what is more important, leading to her walking out on him. Torvald has always treated her like a child and has always dominated Nora and held her under his sway and power. As you can see through both the works the authors uses every supporting character to enhance and develop the protagonist?s personality and disposition. Each character plays a colossal role on the protagonists, which facilitates them to make their individual resolutions. Towards the end the protagonists of both works end on a very confident and idealistic note. Nora has finally realized what she wants and what it?s worth for, whereas Siddhartha has completed his long awaited journey in the process of seeking enlightenment. ...read more.

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