Siddhartha - Kyle Daniele In 1922, Hermann Hesses novel...

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Kyle Daniele In 1922, Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, a story about a man’s spiritual journey, was published. Hesse’s journeys to Asia and the Middle East had influenced his writings. Since then, his novel has provoked new thoughts and concepts into the minds of readers on the way we view life. Though short, Siddhartha manages to pack a tremendous amount of meaning. As I read, questions arose about existence, how appreciative I should be of life, and the menacing inevitability of death. It showed everything from greed to selfishness, and love to the importance of friendship. The honor of it being considered a “classic” most certainly derives from its prevalent themes. Sometimes we want things to never end, other times we count down the seconds until that something is over. However, Hesse conveys that time is meaningless. Siddhartha comes across a river that teaches him that there is no past, present, or future. Like the river, our presence flows throughout constantly. The ferryman, who lives by the
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2009 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '09 term at 東京国際大学.

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