Choices Essay

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The novels of Siddartha and The Stranger consist of the main character making various choices within their life that affect their lives drastically. Hermann Hesses’s Siddartha is the tale of a man by the name of Siddartha who goes on a spiritual journey and the choices he makes as he seeks enlightenment. While Albert Camus’ The Stranger follows the story of Meursault. In the novel, Meursault kills an Arab for no good reason. The choice these two men generate the characteristics of their lives and the help define who they are as a person. With the idea that a person’s choices affect the outcome of one’s own life in hand, is it possible that individuals have some or maybe even complete control over their own destinies? Siddartha’s path to his destiny takes place in ancient India around the time of the Buddha (6th century BC). The novel starts as Siddhartha, a Brahmin's son, leaves his home to join the ascetics with his good childhood friend, Govinda. The two set out in the search of enlightenment. Siddhartha goes through a series of changes and realizations as he attempts to achieve this goal. On the path of enlightenment, Siddhartha must decide what path he must go in order to find his goal. While following the ascetics, he realizes that the path they follow is not the path he should follow. The choice to no longer to follow the ascetics lead to one a large turning point in Siddartha’s life, the turning point being; his encounter with the Buddha. Had the choice to leave never occurred, Siddartha would never reach his inner happiness. The encounter with the Buddha lead to Siddartha’s realization that he must “leave all doctrines and all teachers and to reach [his] goal alone.” (Hesse 34) Later on his journey, he falls for a girl named Kamala. Due to his falling for Kamala, he begins to be “dragged around by his desires.” (online-literature) This leads him to being

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