The idea of the good of the good life differs from person to person and over the course of time. In Siddhartha and “Youth Without Age and Life Without Death,” both characters, Siddhartha and the Prince are trying to find what the good life means to them by taking different journeys. While both are seeking the good life on their journeys, their experiences are very different.
During the course of their journeys, Siddhartha and the Prince have different experiences and reasons for embarking upon their quest for the good life. They both left home against their fathers’ wishes. Siddhartha grew up in a religious household; whereas, the Prince grew up in a royal environment. Both are expected to fulfill their fathers’ legacies. Yet, they decide to try to find the good life on their own. For Siddhartha, his journey is a spiritual journey. Siddhartha says, “With your permission, my father. I have come to say that I long to leave your house tomorrow and join the ascetics. My longing is to become a samana. May my father have nothing against it” (Hesse 9). On the other hand, the Prince’s journey is more of a journey for personal gain. The promise made to the Prince by his father is “Youth Without Age and Life Without Death.” When the promise is not fulfilled, the Prince decides to go find it on his own. The Prince says to his father, “If you can’t give it to me, father, I shall be obliged to wander through the whole world till I find what was promised to me, and for which I was born” (Ispirescu). Thus, while both Siddhartha and the Prince leave home, their journeys differ because their views of the good life are different.
Both Siddhartha and the Prince have a companion during their journeys. At the beginning of Siddhartha’s journey, his best friend, Govinda, goes with him and they join the
samanas together. But Govinda decides to stay with the samanas and follow Gautama. During his journeys, Siddhartha meets two more companions, Kamala and Vasdeva. Kamala is...
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