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Siddhartha

Siddhartha

  

by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha Analysis

Literary Devices in Siddhartha

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The river is a central symbol in Siddhartha, representing unity and the eternity of all things in the universe. At times of great transition in his life, such as when he leaves the Samanas, and lat...

Setting

We hate to break it to you, but if you were looking for a techno-futurist romp through cyborg territory this is not the book for you.If, on the other hand, you love history and philosophy...Siddhar...

Narrator Point of View

Or maybe it's third person "Om"niscient?Although the novel centers on Siddhartha, we occasionally hear the thoughts of other characters. This third-person perspective lends a more distant, descript...

Genre

There are no dragons or rings to throw into Mount Doom, but Siddhartha’s life is directed toward one goal... which makes the story of his life a quest. And even though it doesn't have the fancy f...

Tone

By writing with a more abstract, distant tone, Hesse gives his story a certain amount of gravitas. And by "a certain amount" we mean a lot: Slower, he walked along in his thoughts and asked himself...

Writing Style

What better style for a novel about a guy who turns toward a simpler life and spends a lot of time meditating, right?Check it out:Siddhartha got to know many new things, he heard a lot and spoke li...

What’s Up With the Title?

This one's super-easy: Siddhartha is the name of the novel’s protagonist. Oh, but here's a tip—keep in mind that our main character Siddhartha is not intended to be Siddhartha Gautama, popularl...

Plot Analysis

Siddhartha wants enlightenment. Oh boy. When the novel opens and a character wants something, you know that this something is probably going to be chased throughout the entire novel. In this case...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Siddhartha seeks complete spiritual awakening and doesn’t think he’ll find it in his hometown. In Siddhartha, the call is internal. Something inside Siddhartha (maybe what he ate for lunch?)...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Siddhartha is unfulfilled and seeks greater spiritual fulfillment. Siddhartha lives a life of deprivation with the Samanas and then lives a life of material and sexual pleasure. After a near suic...

Trivia

Check out Queen’s 1977 BBC re-take of "We Will Rock You." The recording includes a recitation of a passage from Siddhartha. (Source)

Steaminess Rating

Siddhartha has plenty of sex, but by Chapter 7, he’s sick of it. Although sex is special, transformative, and just plain fun in Siddhartha, it’s ultimately unfulfilling—even with a woman who...

Allusions

The Rig Veda (1.7) The Upanishads (1.9, 1.11)

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