Search For Enlightenment In Siddhartha By Hesse's Sidddhartha

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Siddhartha Essay ADD DECISIONS, /wisd/om explanation Children are often taught many things by their elders without actually experiencing or understanding what they were taught themselves. Hermenn Hesse once said, “Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else.” The classic literature novel Siddhartha by Hesse is about wisdom and reveals that it cannot be taught and must come from within. The importance of learning for one’s self rather than relying on the teachings of others is effectively illustrated through the success and failure of characters to reach enlightenment. The success of Gotama and Siddhartha and the failure of Gotama’s disciples and the ascetics in attaining enlightenment clearly show the necessity of learning for one’s self when searching for wisdom. The Buddha who is known as Gotama in the novel illuminates the necessity of learning on one’s own when searching for wisdom through his success in attaining enlightenment. Gotama is the first person the reader meets in the novel that has attained enlightenment, but we do not see how he attains it. When Siddhartha points out the flaw in Gotama’s teachings saying, “it does not contain the secret of what the Illustrious One himself experienced” and that enlightenment must be found on one’s own as it is something personal for everyone, Gotama accepts this criticism which suggests that Gotama agrees with him in a way. Although it does not mentioned in the novel how Gotama

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