© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

CHECK OUT SHMOOP'S FREE STUDY TOOLS: Essay Lab | Math Shack | Videos

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

  

by Herman Hesse

Analysis: Tone

Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

Deliberate, formal

By writing in a more abstract, distant form, Hesse gives his story a certain amount of gravitas. This makes sense – talking about enlightenment in casual terms does a real disservice to the subject.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement