Essay on Siddhartha

In his work Siddhartha, the German writer Hermann Hesse reveals, throughout various episodes of the life of the main character of the novel, that everything is nothing at the same time. Thanks to his personal experience, Siddhartha learns that everythingness is nothingness because within a single thing there is much more than what can be seen; everything is already in there, you just have to wait to find it. This concept is well explained by Siddhartha’s awakening, by the river itself and by Siddhartha’s example with the stone.

Even though Siddhartha is presented from the very first moment as a child different from the others, one that is most likely to become something thanks to his thirst for knowledge, he doesn’t understand the essence of life and time before he undergoes a series of events that will change him for the rest of his life. Through his path to salvation, Siddhartha just feels that he has become a new man but can’t yet tell the reason how this has happened. He wanders looking for an answer but all he’s able to realize is that: “He had died and a new Siddhartha had awakened from his sleep. He also would grow old and die. Siddhartha was transitory, all forms were transitory, but today he was young […]” (100). He feels the change within his body and becomes conscious of the new Self he obtained despite his physical appearance is still the same.

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In his journey towards enlightenment and wisdom, Siddhartha meets a ferryman that at first doesn’t seem to be of any help to his search and doesn’t catch his attention. However, the second time around, when Siddhartha leaves the city feeling sick and nauseated because of the yearnings and desires that had eaten his personality, he notices this man called Vasudeva and understands how this humble guy has found peace and achieved wisdom. He decides to stay there to learn from him. During one of their moments of meditation by the river, Siddhartha begins to understand how something as common as ...

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