Essay on Siddhartha Appearance Motif

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The Unity of Appearance The novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse exemplifies the idea behind appearance. The novel is able – through dialogue, events, and descriptions – to show how appearance does not exemplify the world as a whole, yet how appearance does not symbolize nothing, but instead how appearance matters in the sense that it changes and tells a story. Appearance matters in a way that all objects of the world portray their story through their appearance. Appearance allows someone or something to see nooks and crannies within objects in order to see that objects past, present and future. For example how the scratches on rocks show weathering while wrinkles on a human show stress. Take that even further and see how deep those …show more content…
Here even though Siddhartha would later reject her is where Siddhartha is lured into the idea of not just sex, but of also the other sins including gluttony and greed. Siddhartha’s view of appearance radically shifts here from believing that appearance doesn’t affect the passion of desire for enlightenment to thinking that appearance is the required as a personal desire.
Siddhartha’s appearance continued to reflect his characteristics and actions within the world as even as he stated he’d move out of his period of pleasures it could still be seen on him as he met with Govinda near the river side “Govinda said: ‘You say you are making a pilgrimage and I believe you. But forgive me, Siddhartha, you do not look like a pilgrim. You are wearing the clothes of a rich man, you are wearing the shoes of a man with fashion, and your perfumed hair is not the hair of a pilgrim, it is not the hair of a Samana … I, who have been wandering for many years, have never seen such a pilgrim” (Hesse 75). The implementation of the passage shows the ability of appearance to show a side of the story within Siddhartha’s life that Govinda was not a part of. It is here; however, that we also learn of the power of appearance teaching others of both past, present and future stated by Siddhartha “appearances is transitory … I have been a rich man… because I have been one of them” (Hesse 76). The emphasis here

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