Dreams In Siddhartha (Hermen Hesse)

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World Lit The significance of the dreams that the main character has in Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, and their importance to his self-­‐realiza:on. Siddhartha Gautama was born an Indian Prince, he renounced wealth and family to become an asce:c, and aCer having achieved enlightenment while medita:ng, eventually taught all who came to learn from him. In Herman Hesse’s novel, Siddhartha -­‐ also the name of the main character -­‐ the young protagonist comes from a humble Brahmin’s son always thirs:ng for more reason and insight in his life, and from there on endures different transi:ons that eventually lead him to rediscovering himself. The personality that Hesse gives Siddhartha, exemplifies the keen feeling that everybody has inside of them. It can be said that he stood for individualism, hunger and above all, the insa:able feelings that many, if not all people eventually manage to answer. In Siddhartha, dreams seem to enlighten the person who dreams of some greater truth that is stronger than any human being. In essence, “when a man is asleep, he penetrates his

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