Self And Enlightenment In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

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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.
Hermann Hesse conveys Siddhartha’s independence early in the novel. Siddhartha requests his father’s approval in joining the ascetics; however, it is not granted to him. “Then his father said: “It is not seemingly for Brahmins to utter forceful and angry words, but there is displeasure in my heart. I should not like to hear you make this request a second time.” (Hesse 10). After his father denies Siddhartha’s request, Siddhartha goes back to his room. Opting to stand arms folded and unmoving, Siddhartha stood in his room. Siddhartha’s father could not sleep, and every time he got up, he saw Siddhartha, standing perfectly still. Finally, The Brahmin gave in, realizing Siddhartha could no longer remain at home. Hermann Hesse uses Govinda’s interest in traveling his own path to prove Siddhartha’s independence. “You have heard my blessing, Govinda. I repeat it. May you travel this path
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