We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP
Siddhartha

Siddhartha

  

by Hermann Hesse

Analysis: Narrator Point of View

Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

Third Person Omniscient

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, descriptive quality to the narration. We, the readers, are not immediately involved in the action, which allows us to view Siddhartha as an allegory that transmits abstract concepts.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement