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Siddhartha as an Allegory

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Siddhartha is often interpreted as an allegory, a story in which the character and setting symbolically represent abstract moral and spiritual meaning. On each step of his spiritual journey, Siddhartha encounters moral and spiritual challenges, and in each chapter, Siddhartha undergoes some degree of spiritual awakening. Siddhartha can be read allegorically in many different ways. To offer just one example, Siddhartha’s spiritual journey could be said to reflect a greater struggle to resolve his natural inclination to asceticism and intellectualism with his need to learn experientially and through feeling.

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