Siddhartha Essay

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When comparing the novel Siddhartha by hermann hesse which was published during the 1950s and the epic poem of Beowulf part II by Seamus Heaney which was written by an anonymous anglo-saxon poet some time between the 8th and 11th century to the hero’s tale; You find that the epic poem does a better job of portraying the allegory of the hero’s tale. Novel has narration, though the narration does help; the actual allegory to the hero’s tale is somewhat vague. In an Epic poem like beowulf Part II, the epic poem due to the rhyme and rhythm help to clarify the allegory to the hero’s tale; since the poem won’t be as vague.

The Allegory shown in the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse to show the call from the hero’s tale is somewhat vague, the call is when Siddhartha is going to join the ascetics on the journey to enlightenment. “he had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, The wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and their best wisdom...”(Hesse pg. ). the allegory shown in Beowulf part II by Seamus Heaney for the call in the hero’s tale is when Beowulf’s uncle who is a king, hears that a friend is having issues with a dragon because a thief stole a jeweled cup from the dragon’s hoard gold and tells Beowulf to assist the king. “He must fight a dragon who, angry because a thief has stolen a jeweled cup from the dragon’s hoard of gold...”(Heaney pg. 43). The Allegory shown in both these story are similar in the way that the journey the protagonist are about to take will lead to a life changing journey.

In the Epic Poem of Beowulf part II by Seamus Heaney the allegory of the call from the hero’s tale is shown through the rhyme and rhythm used to tell the story. After the epic battle against grendel, Fifty winters passed and beowulf is called to action, to help a king who’s having trouble with a dragon after a thief stole a jeweled cup from its hoarded gold.”He must fight a dragon who, angry because a thief has stolen a...
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