Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse

by

Jack Shields

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The Brahmins Son

The setting of the novel is ancient India 600 years before the birth of Christ. This is the time of Gotama the Buddha. His Eightfold Path provides ...

With the Samanas

Together with Govinda, Siddhartha starts wandering along with the Samanas. The two men are quick in adopting the ways of their new group. They dres...

Gotama

Siddhartha and Govinda make their way to the camp of Gotama’s followers. The followers recognize them as spiritual pilgrims and welcome them. Sid...

Awakening

Siddhartha is done with teachers and teaching by the time he abandons the grove. He is determined to know and learn from, and to understand, himsel...

Kamala

Siddhartha wanders aimlessly for a period. He perceives the world with new eyes, admiring the animals he catches sight of and the lovely plants tha...

Amongst the People

While Kamaswami says he will receive Siddhartha into his home, he remains suspicious about what Siddhartha will be able to do for him. Siddhartha l...

Samsara

Siddhartha becomes wealthy during the time he is employed by Kamaswami. He enjoys the intimate company of Kamala. He lives in this manner for a per...

By the River

When Siddhartha leaves the city, he goes back into the countryside. He feels so miserable that he thinks about suicide. He contemplate the paths he...

The Ferryman

After he has decided to live a new life at the river, Siddhartha promptly meets the same ferryman who once helped him traverse the river years earl...

The Son

Once Kamala’s funeral is over, Siddhartha tries his best to console his son and provide for him. The boy, however, is cynical and spoiled. He dis...

Om

Siddhartha meditates on the loss of his son for many days. He feels a great deal of sadness and pain. On one occasion when Siddhartha looks into th...

Govinda

Govinda comes back to the river to search for enlightenment. He has heard talk of a wise man who lives there. However, when he gets there, he fails...

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