The unity of life
In Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse; after rejecting his former Brahmins, Siddhartha left to find “himself.” He learned that time, object, and human existence is only an illusion. The author’s technique is using symbolisms to show the unity of life. Siddhartha became enthralled by the illusion of the world’s beauteous details. He has a unique way of viewing the world; that a single object represented everything in Siddhartha’s eyes. Throughout his journey, he had experienced the unity of life from his dreams and by the captivation of this illusionist world. With object, experienced, and dreams, Siddhartha is able to see that each of those held the unity of life.
Siddhartha went through many stages in his journey. Throughout his journey, he had undergone the ferrymen, Versudeva; who taught him to listen to the river. The river brought Siddhartha’s experience together, it showed him the images he couldn’t see before. “Siddhartha tried to listen better, the picture of his father, his own picture, and the picture of his son all flowed into each other. Kamala’s picture also appeared and flowed on, and the picture of Govinda and others emerged and passed on. They all became part of the river. It was the goal of all of them, yearning, desiring, suffering; and the river’s voice was full of longing, full of smarting woe, full of insatiable desire” (110). Siddhartha learned patience and that everything is one. “And all the voices, all the goal, all the yearnings, all the sorrows, all the pleasures, all the good and evil, all of them together was the world. All of them together was the stream of events, the music of life” (110). In Siddhartha’s life, he has gone through different phases to find true happiness, certain aspects of his life were not permanent and they disappeared. The river represented Siddhartha’s understanding of life. He saw that the river had transitory appearances, just like him. What he was looking for "everything" in the end has...
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