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Siddhartha Review

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Julie Gu 10-25-08 Second Period "Siddhartha and Self" Peer Editing Review After reviewing five of the "Siddhartha and Self" assignments written by my class peers, I have found that many discussed about Siddhartha's choice in embracing his physical desires such as hunger, lust, and other needs beyond necessities. This focus is also included in my own paper where I explain in details Siddhartha's belief that he must experience his self or undergo various world desires before achieving enlightenment. In her essay of "Siddhartha and Self," Samantha Phillips exemplifies Siddhartha's wrestling with physical desires by describing the Hero's journey in the materialistic world where he has emerged himself in an environment of possessions and sexual behaviors. Different from other mythological characters, Siddhartha has decided with absolute consciousness that he chooses to experience a life revolving around money and sex. ...read more.


Shrinesh Patel explained in his "Siddhartha and Self" essay that Siddhartha has been born and raised as a Brahmin or a member of the highly respectable class of priests according to ancient India's caste system. Due to his upbringing in a community of Brahmins, Siddhartha has always been defined as a Brahmin who enjoys his privilege of living a luxurious life and being superior to the rest of the society. Despite his awesome born identity, Siddhartha grows discontent with his own community when he observes that no one as a wise Brahmin has yet reached enlightenment. Thus Siddhartha concludes that his identity as a Brahmin is what prevents him from entering into a world of wisdom and enlightenment. This particular realization leads the Hero to decide departing from his family and friends and becoming an ascetic Samana. ...read more.


Danielle Buck describes in her essay the Hero's finding of wisdom while listening to the flowing currents of the river. Upon hearing the uniformed voices of the river, Siddhartha suddenly understands the idea of Om which can be seen as a symbol of the unity exists in all whether living or non-living. After his revelation with the concept of oneness, Siddhartha begins to comprehend what he has learned as a Brahmin which is embracing his self instead of emptying of himself completely. This apprehension leads the Hero into the door of enlightenment as he grasps the concept of accepting his self and becoming balanced even with his world desires. Shrinesh Patel reflects in his assignment that river signifies cycle of life which is depicted in Siddhartha's repeating pattern of joy, discontent, and suffering. He explains that peace can be discovered within the endless cycle of life and nature. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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