Symbols In Siddhartha

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Feed by M.T. Anderson is a story about main character Titus, and his friend/girlfriend Violet. The story takes place many years in the future and centers around the relationships of the characters, and the Feed, which is an implant in your head. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is the story of a man, Siddhartha, and his journey towards Nirvana. Symbolism can be found throughout both Feed, and Siddhartha, but used in different ways. In Siddhartha the symbolism is used to help the reader understand the story and concepts such as Siddhartha's soul better, and In Feed the symbolism is used to help the reader understand and make connections with the fictional world Anderson has created. Hesse uses the symbolism in Siddhartha to explain events and abstract concepts,…show more content…
Siddhartha realizes he is caught in this cycle, “...when he saw his face reflected in the mirror on the wall of his bedroom, grown older and uglier, whenever shame and nausea overtook him, he fled again, fled to a new game of chance, fled in confusion to passion, to wine, and from there back again to the urge for acquiring and hoarding wealth” (Hesse 80), so he tries to escape it. The symbolism used in this part of Siddhartha's life is the songbird kept in a cage by Kamala. This symbolism is made evident to the reader in a dream Siddhartha has, “Kamala kept a small rare songbird in a small golden cage. It was about this bird that he dreamt. This bird, which usually sang in the morning, became mute, and as this surprised him, he went up to the cage and looked inside. The little bird was dead on the floor” (Hesse 82). This songbird represents Siddhartha's soul. When it gies mute, it represents the decay of Siddhartha's soul, and when it dies, it represents the near collapse of all that is good in Siddhartha's soul. The cage also represent something; it represents all of the ties that the materialistic world holds, keeping
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