Essay on Siddhartha, The Ladder For Booker T. Washington

1526 Words May 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout the history of civilization, leaders have risen to power to control the masses. Some of these leaders have taken their power too far and became an oppressive force. Fortunately, with every oppressive force there has been an opposing force to rival the oppression and overcome it. This has been shown through the works of literature that were read and analyzed over the year in class, such as Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, The Ladder for Booker T. Washington by Martin Puryear, Back to Africa by Marcus Garvey, and Harlem Riot of 1943 article. The first example of rivaling an oppressive force is in the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. The examples of rivaling an oppressive force within this piece of literature are metaphorical. The first example, states “...this was his thirst, this his sorrow” (Hesse 4). The main character, Siddhartha, has an unending thirst for knowledge. This thirst for knowledge is the oppressive force on Siddhartha. This thirst is the cause of Siddhartha’s sorrow. The protagonist goes on throughout the novel trying to quench his thirst. To no avail, Siddhartha cannot quench this thirst. For example, “…he had never quenched his thirst” (Hesse 4). Even though Siddhartha had learned everything there is to learn from his village, this is still not enough to quench the thirst stated in the before said quote. Siddhartha eventually realizes that this oppressive thirst is unique to him. As he looks around his village, he realized no one else has this…

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