Herman Hesse- Siddhartha

Topics: Hinduism, Archetype, Family Pages: 1 (352 words) Published: October 3, 2013
"Joy leaped into his fathers' heart at the thought of his son, this studious boy with his thirst for knowledge"(Hesse 3). siddhartha's father believed that his son was a very intelligent kid, and would make a good Brahmin. siddhartha is extremely knowledgable and is destined to be either a great priest or a teacher. Hesse uses Joseph Campbell's hero journey archetypes to build the frame for siddhartha by describing him to have unusual circumstances of birth, leaving his family to live with others, and spiritual apotheosis. Herman Hesse has siddhartha demonstrate the hero archetype of having an unusual circumstance birth. he is born into royalty,in his culture. in his religion of Hinduism, he was born into the highest of the caste systems. the Brahmins or priest are the most known and respected people in their society. "Siddhartha grew up, the brahmins handsome son, the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, the son of a brahmin”(Hesse 3). The caste system determines who they interact with, so since Govinda and Siddhartha are both Brahmins they are allowed to associate with each other. Siddhartha and his best friend Govinda venture out to live a new life outside their palaces. Siddhartha is described to use the archetypal trait of leaving his family to live with others. At the beginning, Siddhartha and Govinda leave the palace to search for enlightenment, “Go to the forest and be a samana”(Hesse 10). The two boys leave to become a samana which they believe will help them reach full enlightenment. If they are taught the ways and find ‘bliss in the forest’ they are to return to the palace and teach others how to achieve this wonderful experience. Once siddhartha becomes a part of the samana group they become like his family; after so long he still feels as if he will not reach his full potential by just being a samana, so he leaves again. “when siddhartha left the grove in which the Budda, the perfect one, remained in which Govinda remained behind, he felt...
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