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Siddhartha

Siddhartha

by Herman Hesse

Analysis: Setting

Where It All Goes Down

India, approximately 625 BC

Siddhartha takes place in various small towns, gardens, groves, forests, and along an unnamed river in India at the time of the Buddha, approximately 625 BC. The action takes place over the greater part of Siddhartha’s lifetime. Siddhartha and most of the other central characters are Brahman, members of India’s priest caste, and are preoccupied with finding spiritual awakening. The setting in Siddhartha is almost entirely reduced to its symbolic qualities – for example, Siddhartha experiences pleasure with Kamala in the pleasure-garden.

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