Chapter 1: The Internal Distress Statement: Siddhartha, born to a noble priestly family, has grown up to be an admirable young man. But because he is now older, he begins to realize that his thirst for knowledge and inner peace cannot be fulfilled by the ablutions, sacrifices, and teachings of the Brahmins. Quote: “…they had already poured the sum total of their knowledge into his waiting vessel; and the vessel was not full, his intellect was not satisfied, his soul was not at peace, his heart was not still.” Analysis: The narrator was speaking about Siddhartha in this quote.
Siddhartha realizes he is no longer comfortable just sitting around as the big fish in a little pond, and he would like to seek true illumination that he feels cannot be found in their town. As he states to his father, “I have come to tell you that I wish to leave your house tomorrow and join the ascetics.” (Hess, p. 10). In other words, he decides to break away from his childhood village and pursue enlightenment by practicing self-discipline (becoming an ascetic). Although he tries to reach nirvana in numerous different manners, his final goal never truly changes.
There is no denying that Siddhartha is in fact the hero of his story, following along the strict hero’s journey without missing a single point. Siddhartha grew up a Brahmin’s son. He was well loved, very attractive, extremely perceptive, and, above all, intelligent. He looked at the world and questioned what he saw. He listened to the Brahmin’s teachings, but he never saw how they could help him find peace, when none of them have ever found it themselves.
I chose this book because I can relate to how Siddhartha felt throughout this book. He had a feeling of discontent and dissatisfaction. He felt that something was missing but could not figure out what it was. He followed his religion fully, fulfilled the requirements and rituals and was following what should have brought him peace and happiness within himself and those around him. Siddhartha had been a follower of his father who was incredibly wise, though at times he thought his father was too wise and had preached all of his wisdom to the others in the community they resided.
Did you know that 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying because they are not courage’s and do not stand up for themselves? Courage’s means strength in the face of pain or grief. The novel is called Witness Hesse (2001). The story takes place in 1924 in Vermont. Some of the characters include Johnny Reeves age 36, Merlin van Tornhout age 18 and Sara Chickering age 42.
The book Witness, by Karen Hesse was a wonderful story about many different characters changing, because in 1924 the Klu Klux Klan known as the KKK, moved into a small town in Vermont. The KKKs are just a very Terrific, and was racist to a lot of people who just hate on many other races. This story surrounds 2 important character; Esther, and Leonora being on the KKK “target or hated list”, however those two weren’t alone. They faced these problems together, and they had each other when needed. A theme that shows up often in the book Witness is racism.
Siddhartha’s experiences with the Brahmins, the Samanas, Kamala and the City and as a Ferryman all contribute to his idea of what is right and essentially good. Overall, he leaves the establishments and people he finds because he does not believe their ways anymore but instead wants to pursue something else until he finds peace as a ferryman. Throughout Siddhartha’s journey he encounters people who question what he believes in and show them what they think is the ‘good life’ but he ultimately follows his own beliefs despite of this.
Existence of God Lewis possesses a strong belief in God. He states that the human population consists of “the majority who believe in some kind of God or gods, and the minority who do not” (39). I agree with this statement because there are many people who have faith in God because their faith gives them happiness and direction in life. The belief in a higher Intelligence causes people to live on Earth with satisfaction. Lewis also argues that the scientific method cannot explain if God exists or not (58).
The book Siddhartha is about a young man who goes on a journey to find his true meaning in life and to find enlightenment. It takes him a while to realize his purpose in life but eventually finds it through a ferryman. In the book, Siddhartha experiences two forms of suffering:physical and mental. He goes through the physical pain of the Samaras but also passes through the mental pain of finding his way and dealing with his son. He also finds joy in his son and being enlightened.
Any individual lives their life with many different types of influences, coming from both objects and people. In Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, a man unknowingly travels down the path of enlightenment. The man known as Siddhartha travels to seek the knowledge he longs for and encounters multiple influences along the way. These influences play an important role in the novel for him. Some of the influences in Siddhartha’s life include Kamala, his son, and the river since they help him to understand what he seeks and are the main reasons for him achieving enlightenment.
At first his father declines, and Siddhartha then respectfully
The story of Siddhartha tells the tale of a boy who grows up in a wealthy Brahman family. He grows to be intelligent and handsome and is loved by all his family and friends. Siddhartha seems to have everything he could want but eventually becomes frustrated with his life. He seeks enlightenment and believes that the elders in his community have nothing more to teach him spiritually. Much to his parent’s frustration, Siddhartha decides he needs to leave home and find the inner peace he seeks.
Each individual embarks on his or her own hero’s journey in life, some finding peace and enlightenment while others suffer greatly. In Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, the author slowly shows Siddhartha’s path towards finding the self and enlightenment through conflict and resolution. Finding himself is difficult, but once he does, Siddhartha is released from sorrow and depression, which finally enables him to reach enlightenment and peace. Hesse portrays Siddhartha’s spiritual hero’s journey by using unique conflicts to reveal his true self through independence, mindfulness, and responsibility.