The book "Siddhartha"conveys a lot of subtle messages: in depth analysis and a thorough character analysis of Siddhartha.

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The book "Siddhartha" subtly conveys a lot of subtle messages. In the following paper I seek to analyze the book in depth and simultaneously do a thorough character analysis of Siddhartha.

Siddhartha was written by Hermann Hesse in 1922.Siddhatha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate enlightenment after realizing that he is not happy as a Brahmin. He is in search of enlightenment and undertakes the path of Buddhism even though originally he is a Brahmin. As a Brahman Siddhartha's ultimate goal is to attain Nirvana. His search takes him from a life of decadence to ascetism, from the joys of loving a beautiful girl to the struggles with his son and the wisdom of ultimate renunciation. Siddhartha is extremely skilled in the Brahmin's art. He also recognizes the Atman within himself and knows the meditations to the Om. He learnt all there was to learn to be a Brahman but he still feels incomplete because the peace that Nirvana gives is still unknown to him.

Siddhartha deciphered through his studies that the process of Nirvana has to come from within oneself and that self-purification is the only way to get to Nirvana. If he pursues Nirvana any other way then he is just distracting himself from attaining Nirvana. For this reason Siddhartha joins the Samanas so that he can continue on the path of self purification and attain Nirvana. Siddhartha also knows for a fact that no other Brahman has attained Nirvana and that is why he knows he that he has to deviate from being a Brahman because he will never attain Nirvana that way. Siddhartha is also in search of the truths of the world and finding absolution in peace. He knows that his search for truths will ultimately...