* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Siddhartha

Siddhartha

by Herman 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

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
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement