Hermann Karl Hesse was born on July 2nd, 1877, in the Black Forest town of Calw in Württemberg, German Empire. His father served in India at a mission under a Protestant Christian church society, and later went to work for the Calwer Verlagsverein publishing house which specialized in theological texts and schoolbooks. Hesse’s mother also worked as a former missionary, and purused extensive intellectual interests. His family seemed to contain an interesting mix of Pietism and scholarly achievements. This unusual background seemed to influence Hesse’s later career as a literary author and his legacy as one of the greatest German artists.
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Siddhartha - Siddhartha In Hermann Hesse’s novel, Siddhartha, the main character of the story, Siddhartha, a young Brahman along with his beloved friend, Govinda leaves home to find enlightenment. They join a group of ascetic Samanas and for many years Siddhartha and Govinda deny their body’s pains and senses including the external world. Yet, Siddhartha is not satisfied with the result and fails to find the true path to enlightenment that he is seeking. Furthermore, Siddhartha because of dissatisfaction renounces the life of asceticism and departs with Govinda to visit and hear Gautama Buddha speak and learn from him. [tags: Hermann Hesse]
I have reread Hesse in German and I am now sure that he was a poor writer, that when he did not know how to say it he expressed it with preciousness, that his romanticism was affected, a pose, a device or maybe a clumsiness, an unclever attempt to conceal his inability to say it. That he could not construct a story, yes indeed, that he was not a story-teller to begin with, that his people don't come to life, that they remain puppets or silhouettes from whose mouths are hanging like draperies the words that should characterize them, as they do on gothic church windows—there were no comics with balloons then in Germany.
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In other words: Hesse was a romantic, Salinger is not, and neither is Mike Nichols' Graduate. Moreover, Hesse deliberately reminded his readers of those first German romantics who flourished a hundred years before him. He imitated their language, their titles, the moods they created; he rewrote, re-created for us the romantic age because we had a renaissance of the romantic and of the gothic anyway. In reviewing these themes and recreating these poetic images Hesse was our contemporary. But what in the world is he, of all people, re-creating for American youth today? Why a Hermann Hesse renaissance? (p. 83)
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse is the story of a young Indian noble
The simile is not saying anything against Hermann Hesse, but may be high praise indeed. He always used the story to make a point; he invented the characters to make them say what he intended to say. He never saw the characters and the story first.
Siddhartha first follows the Hindu traditions. He learns from his father the Brahmin, as well as other Brahmins in the village. According to the Hindu concept of Karma, a person’s condition in the present life is a direct result of actions taken in previous lives. Siddhartha being born a Brahmin means that his soul is reaching the end of its journey. As a Brahmin, Siddhartha’s role in this life is to work towards enlightenment. Siddhartha is very skilled in the Brahmin art. He has mastered the art of meditating on the Om, yet he is still not satisfied. Hesse says, “He had begun to sense that his venerable father and his other teachers, that the wise Brahmins had already imparted to him the bulk and the best of their knowledge, that they had already poured their fullness into his waiting vessel, and the vessel was not full, his mind was not contented, his soul was not tranquil, his heart not sated.” (Pg-5). Siddhartha begins to doubt the Brahmin ways. He has not seen or heard of any Brahmin that has reached enlightenment through Brahmanic practices. Hinduism states that there are different paths that one can take to achieve enlightenment, and Siddhartha begins to doubt that the path of the Brahmin is the right path for him. In a moment of equanimity, Siddhartha decides to renounce Brahmanism and join...
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It is reasonable to think of Hermann Hesse as an advanced seeker, capable of leading and inspiring many lesser seekers. He was full of aspiration, one-pointed through all his struggles; losing his way (apparently) and finding it again, righting himself, and re-embarking upon the Great Quest.