Part of growing up is leaving your parents and determining what is best for yourself instead of listening to what others think is best for you. In both Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and the movie Dead Poets Society we were introduced to characters who were beginning to make these steps in life; Siddhartha himself, and Neil Perry. While each character had many differences, they both faced the same problem, their fathers had set out a plan for their lives that they would follow no matter what was for their best interest. These plans not only were nothing similar to what the boys wanted in life, but led to each of them turning against their parents wishes. The decision to disobey their family’s wishes led both Neil Perry and Siddhartha to find what truly made them happy in life.
Siddhartha, the protagonist of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, was a young man born from a Brahmin family perceived as a gifted thinker even from a young age. His goal, like many others’, was to reach enlightenment, the release of worldly desires, and he went to many extents to achieve that goal. He left his comfortable lifestyle for the life of a Samana; one of extreme fasting and meditation in the effort to let go of all connections to the self. Later on he became a merchant and finally, a ferryman before reaching enlightenment. Siddhartha’s life as a Brahmin and ferryman helped him on his path to Nirvana, and his life as a merchant hindered him on his path to enlightenment.
Wisdom is a trait many people desire, but wisdom is gained through self-experience and cannot be taught. In the novel, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse the protagonist Siddhartha identifies he can only learn from himself, when he converses with Gotama and discovers his teachings have flaws. “You have learned nothing through teachings, and so I think, O Illustrious One, that nobody finds salvation through teachings. (Hesse 27)” This is the pivotal moment for Siddhartha, from this moment forward, he knows to follow his own path in order to achieve Nirvana.
I agree that Kamala had a large impact on Siddhartha and his journey to enlightenment. She taught him love, even after he had refused to accept love twice earlier in the story. Not only did she teach him what love was, but she taught him what love could be physically with a lesson that "... One cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure..." ( Hesse 55).
From a grandpa’s last steps to a baby’s first steps, circularity can be seen in the all phases of life. The Grandpa’s last steps were taken through wisdom, while the baby’s steps were taken with the ignorance and innocence of a child. While circularity may be considered cut and dry, one’s experience or inexperience is essential to their roles in the circle of circularity. Siddhartha would have never truly achieved enlightenment without his experience with circularity throughout his search for Nirvana. Siddhartha experienced circularity through his relationships with his father and own son, During his journey with Vasudeva through the River and eventually returning to listen to the river, also Siddhartha having to feel ruin before being able to feel genuine
In the book, Siddhartha hears the teaching of Buddha but in the film, this is left out. This could have been for the purpose of saving time and as such, the idea is presented in a nut shell. It is only an 80 minutes film, so the filmmaker has to leave certain things out to make space for some other inclusions. The oriental feel to the film (Rooks, 1972) is something one cannot ignore. The scenes of rural India, Rabindra Sangeet, sweeping shots of forests, lakes and sunsets, the character of Kamala dressed in clothes that seem to be inspired from classic Sanskrit plays.
Although Siddhartha grew wiser and wiser, he still felt wounded by his son. Siddhartha recognized Vasudeva as God himself. Vasudeva brought Siddhartha out to the river and told him there was something he had still not heard. With Vasudeva’s guidance, Siddhartha listened intently. For the first time he heard all the voices of the river as one single continuum of all life.
Most people say they know how to describe emotions. They feel them all day long, but most know not the scientific definition which states, “emotions are a neural impulse that moves an organism to action”. So technically emotions control most of an organism's actions. Some people hide their emotions or choose to not take actions . In the Herman Hesse’s book, Siddhartha, the main character, Siddhartha, expresses many emotions.
During Siddhartha’s path to enlightenment, he meets a woman named Kamala whom he shows interest in, but he realizes he cannot love her. Siddhartha says to Kamala, “Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can love– that is their secret” (73). In order to reach enlightenment, one needs to be able to love; however, Siddhartha, on his journey, has drained so much life out of himself, that he is unable to give off love to a woman he likes. Siddhartha and Kamala are different from ordinary people because they want something else from the world.
Our life was put in the labyrinthine mazes of suffering but we can pass through those detours by accepting things in our salvation and face the day without blocking the daylight. We made our own adventures of joy and pain but the catch is it might create a force that we don’t know much impact it might create back. Herman Hesse shows us his book Siddharta which comprises making life choices on our daily existence that made us swerve on a path that we never knew existed. The motivation of Herman Hesse to write Siddharta is his connection with the Indian culture and philosophy.