Honors 9 notes 3/17/14
Intro Paragraph: Title, hook, introduce author and title, historical/biographical information, genre (didactic allegory- everything is symbolic), big picture seed, and thesis statement.
-We are all unique because we’re different, we all experience things (ex. Love, etc). differently
First body paragraph: Setting (what it symbolizes)
-River: represents the unity of everything (when one realizes this, they hear “Om”, pg. 111- “his self had moved into unity”), physical/spiritual self (Eastern/Western thought), non-existence of time/time is an illusion, eventual Nirvana, Evil/Good, learning/making mistakes-Cultural/Universal/Personal (Conclusion paragraph)
-What is the landscape?
-The exterior/environment represent Siddhartha’s “inner soul” (denotatively and connotatively)
-Denotative: Samanas (pg. 11), city, river
-Connotative: by going to the Samanas, he tries to overcome his physical self, he does not find himself, so he crosses the river again and goes to the other side. Siddhartha goes to the city and looses his spiritual self by being overcome by the sensations of the material world, but his inner voice still goes silent. Siddhartha’s inner voice symbolizes his true self. He then leaves the city and goes back to the river, which symbolizes the synthesis of the material and spiritual.
Second body paragraph: Plot (what it symbolizes)
-Antagonist: Samsara, External Conflict Question: Can he achieve Nirvana? (Nirvana: pg.5), Exterior Conflict Resolution: yes
-Interior Conflict Question: Can Siddhartha find a balance between his physical and spiritual self?/ Can Siddhartha learn to love all of himself?/ Can Siddhartha learn to love everything? Interior Conflict Resolution: Yes
-Exposition (background information): Siddhartha is thirsty and restless for knowledge- pg. 3, pg. 5
-Thirsty and restless because no one in the village had achieved Nirvana
-Pg. 13: “temporary” (How did this prevent Siddhartha from accepting himself?)
-Complications of the rising action: Samana and aesthetics
-Denotatively: “Awakening”: Siddhartha’s rejuvenates his physical self Connotatively: Siddhartha’s realization that the physical is part of his true self
-Climax: pg. 71/72 “he heard a sound, one word, one syllable, the holy om” “his slumbering soul suddenly awakened”, “he was conscious of Brahman”
-Complications of the falling action: Siddhartha’s unrequited love from his son. His son makes him realize whether he can learn to accept suffering. Once he can accept suffering, he can finally accept loving both sides of himself and even suffering.
Pg. 115 “time is not real” pg. 116 “the potential hidden Buddha..” “everything is good, everything is Brahman” “learn to love the world” pg. 119 “love is the most important thing in the world”
-Time is not real, therefore everything is Brahman, love everything
Third body paragraph: Character (foil)/POV (what they symbolize)
-What changes? -Siddhartha and Govinda
-What makes them change? -Their experiences
-What makes it change that way? –They came to enlightenment in different ways; therefore, no one way to gain wisdom (wisdom: since everything is Braham, love everything)
-Denouement: the Govinda chapter! Hesse changes the point of view, he breaks the cardinal rule of novel writing. Govinda then becomes the leader of our search because he has not yet found enlightenment. Kiss on the forehead=love, epiphany
-Point of view switches to the foil character, Govinda (he’s a foil character because he’s a follower of Siddhartha, represents us once Siddhartha becomes enlightened).
-He switches the point of view because we are not enlightened, we cannot follow Siddhartha any longer because he is enlightened at the end of the Om chapter.
-Siddhartha represents everyone and their search for what is reality, the true self
Conclusion Paragraph: Thesis restatement, maybe compare big picture seed to something else (Siddhartha vs. Old Man and the Sea)
-The symbolism of the river: Cultural/Personal/Universal
-Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: purity, away from civilization (Mark Twain: man was born noble, society corrupts us)
-“Sometimes a great notion […] I dropped in the river and drowned”
-Compare to Romeo and Juliet, Oedipus, Manolin by himself
-Subtheme: we are come to illuminated in our own unique ways “Wisdom is not communicable”