Topics: Gautama Buddha, Hermann Hesse, Friendship Pages: 3 (968 words) Published: February 23, 2014
Siddhartha’s Friendships
Friendships are like machines, if one part of the machines stop functioning then the whole unit breaks down. Without the right parts a machine breaks down, just like how people do if they do not have friends to help guide them in the right direction. Machines help us accomplish things faster and more effectively; similar to how friends help us accomplish goals we would never be able to accomplish on our own. Exactly how Siddhartha’s friends help him attain enlightenment. In Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, Siddhartha’s friends Kamaswami, Govinda and Kamala help him realize who he has become and help guide him towards reaching enlightenment.

Through Kamaswami’s actions Siddhartha comes to the realization he has become distracted by the temptations and pleasures of life and has lost sight of his true intentions. Until now Siddhartha had been living as a Samana, a simple life. Siddhartha reflects how “he now lived in the merchant’s house. Clothes and shoes were brought to him and a servant prepared him a bath daily” (Hesse 53). Temptations are ever present, as Siddhartha learns from Kamaswami. As a result of putting up with years of temptations Siddhartha feels as though he has lost touch with himself and leaves them behind along with his life in the city. Until he comes to the city, Siddhartha never needed a job. Siddhartha takes a job as the apprentice of Kamaswami, a business man, but shortly after he comes to the realization that “Kamaswami conducted his business with care and often with passion, but Siddhartha regarded it all as a game, the rules of which he endeavored to learn well, but which did not stir in his heart” (53). When he took the apprenticeship, Siddhartha thought that he would enjoy what he was doing. Ultimately he seems to realize that it is not all the glory he imagined it to be. Previously Siddhartha was Kamaswami’s apprentice; he was a man of honor. For many years, Siddhartha was taught to be kind towards...
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