Siddhartha. Herman Hesse An introductory lesson by J. Lane at the Middlesex County Academy. Plot Synopsis.
An introductory lesson by J. Lane at the Middlesex County Academy
Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life. After becoming restless, he discards it for one of the flesh. Later he becomes bored and sickened by lust and greed and decides to move on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of life - the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace and finally wisdom.
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While searching for self realization, Siddhartha will encounter many teachings and will not conform or devote to any one of the religions of his time. To better understand the novel Siddhartha, review the following slides for information on Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism (which Siddhartha follows with the Samanas). These are the teachings that assist Siddhartha in gaining his final perspective on life.
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These quotes will help you understand some of the basic themes in Siddhartha:
“Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.” - Herman Hesse “The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.” - Herman Hesse
Throughout our journey, like Siddhartha, we have all been confused or felt frustrated with our lives. Write about a time (3-5 paragraphs) when you sought guidance from something or someone and found a positive answer to a question you had. Describe the situation, why you sought the knowledge how your new-found realization helped you.
With this lesson, you have gained some insight into the novel Siddhartha. Remember this information while you read and study the novel. The specific teachings that influenced Siddhartha will help you understand the novel’s deeper meanings.