Although there are many important themes in Siddhartha, one stands out from the rest. In the beginning, we see Siddhartha leave his fortunate lifestyle in search of meaning and enlightenment. This action not only set the story, but was a huge event when we consider the historical context of India at this time. From a fortunate, bright young man to a wise, enlightened one, the author allows our knowledge to piece together the significance of each decision he made along his journey.
India has always been a country of many traditions and customs. Even way back in its history where this story presumably takes place, social life and reputation was an element of everyone’s lives. Siddhartha was born into fortune and was the son of a Brahman. People liked him; he was smart, handsome, kind, etc. Although he had it all going for him, he knew something wasn’t right. He wasn’t satisfied with his life and needed to find meaning. In ancient India, this wasn’t normal at all. He was expected to become a successful and meaningful man, but he decided to give up his social standing for his personal feelings. The author definitely implemented this scene to give us an idea of the magnitude of this novel. Siddhartha had wanted to find meaning so bad that he gave up his reputation and wealth and defied everything that was set out for him for this one goal.
As we can see, Siddhartha set out on an adventure for a single goal. Much like the stories of grand quests we have read before, Siddhartha definitely implicates some common themes. He went from being a promising young man to a shell of what he used to be, although none of it mattered to him because he had found what he was looking for. As we know already, a very common element of a quest in literature is a gradual changing of the character. It is almost always done in a way where you can compare the character at the beginning to the character at the end and see a distinct difference. In the case of Siddhartha, he had...
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