Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Honors 9- Notes - He doesn’t achieve enlightenment from the samanans - Sid doesn’t believe in following, Gov does - Any time Sid goes through a change, Gov is there - This is a didactic allegory What is the point of view of the story? - Third person single person POV Why does Hesse have the POV switch in the last chapter of the book? Hesse has been steeped in eastern philosophies; he sees a lot of truth in them Buddha serves as a foil for Sid and his theme - He comes back to the river at the end of the book, A comes back to A The ascetics are symbolic of his lack of enlightenment Sid wants to find peace and the true nature of the world: - He thinks he can find the truth in the world by understanding himself o If he understands atman then he understands the brahma o The Buddha tells him that (pg. 27) • You can not learn things vicariously, you have to experience this first hand o The connection of suffering and pain o Sid leaves again but leaves Gov behind - Truly nothing has occupied my mind as much of the self- a synthesis of the east west philosophy paradox: I am one with the world yet I am separated - Pg 31,”I am one and separated…” paradoxical - Pg 33, realized how alone he was; alienation. - Pg 39, introduced to the voice. He must teach himself and gain the experience - Voice is symbolic of authenticity, his genuine self - Pg 57 crosses the river - Pg. 59 Why is Kamala in the book? Maybe I am like you, we can no love, ordinary people can why does Hesse do this? - Pg. 62, he and kamala can not love - Pg. 63, Sid loses his voice in the samsara - Pg. 64, the dice game is symbolic of samsara - Pg. 64 the dream reminds him of his inner voice - Pg. 64, Sid remembers his mortality o The real Buddha was raised like a prince, he saw that there was age and he saw that there was death for the first time o When Sid, sees Kamala getting old o He has the dream of her song bird dying - Pg. 67 How long has it been since he had heard his voice? - Pg. 68 Sid leaves the village, because he has grown so sick, he has realized that the voice is dead. You can not find something unless its lost - Why does Hesse have Kamala become pregnant? o On pg. 71 he reaches the river again, he wants to make an end of his life. This is his abyss o This is the climax - Pg. 73. When goes through this change he sees Gov - Pg. 76 What are you now Sid? Sid says I do not know - Pg. 76 During his sleep he loves everything, sleep was permeated with OM, he loved everything - Pg. 78 he has to unlearn to learn - Pg. 80 you have to be experiencing to learn, he can not learn extrinsically o The Buddha’s wisdom is not transferable - Pg. 82 He heard the voice speak to him and tell him to love the river - Pg. 86 and 87 The river has taught me to listen o The river teaches him that there is no such thing as time o TIMELESSNESS Look up Heraclites - Pg. 88 The voices of all living creatures are in his voice, and the word he pronounces is om - Pg. 91 Kamala dies from a snake bite - Pg. 99 He learns to love his son from sorrow - Pg., 100 He had to experience it to learn, you have to end things or you will be caught in samsara - Pg. 107 - Pg. 108 He still rebelled against his fate o His fate is symbolic of our fate o Can he accept his fate? All parts of our fate? - Pg. 109 He hears the many voices of the river o The rivers voice was sorrowful, the voice was suffering - Pg. 110, 111 when he heard them all, the whole, the unity then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of one word. Om - He finds nirvana, he is one with everything Why does he have govinda in the novel?
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
English 9 Honors: 11/20/17 Homework- Read Samsara pp 60-69 Read By the River pp 70-81 Notes: This is a good German joke: According to Sigmund Freud, what comes between fear and sex? Funf! (For those of you that don’t know, in German the number four is pronounced fear, the number six is pronounced sex and five is funf) Autobiographical and Historical Information Herman Hesse- Born in 18… (This is as far as we got before Stewart went into a lecture about how The Old Man and The Sea changed him) Okay were back: - Born in 1877 in the black forest - His Parents were missionaries in India - So had his father’s mother been - Very unusual background, he had the same amount of eastern and western religion and philosophy. He was exposed to Christian and Hindu, Buddhist philosophy; his view of the world was a synthesis of the east and west - His view of how to attain happiness is unique: o Central theme: the inner voice o The inner voice is existentialist o The eternal part of ourselves which relates to Brahmin o The inner voice is ones true self - Novel set in 350 bce in India - Our protagonist Siddhartha has the same name of The Buddha, because Sid agrees with a lot of different things. He brings the ideas together and creates his own idea - When Hesse was going through school he was almost crushed beneath the wheel of conformity Read: Beneath the Wheel for Hesse o Pavlov was a Russian scientist that believed in behaviorism Setting For Siddhartha: - Hinduism is a pantheistic religion o They believe that the divine is intertwined with the real world o Brahma is known as over soul o That the soul is permeated within all things o The eternal time that all atoms get thrown back into the cosmological stew o This is not too uncommon with out western science o Everything is (given enough time) Everything else o This concept is called Brahmin (or Over Soul) o Everything is an illusion o We have an eternal part of ourselves called our soul or Atman o We go through an endless cycle of birth and rebirth called Samsara, through this development we have developed an ego o This is existentialist because the ego is existentialist - Thematic Elements in Sid: o What is going on in the traditional belief in Hinduism? • His idea is that its interesting but he doesn’t fully devote himself to it • Not much of the true nature of the universe will bring one nirvana • Enlightenment of the self is the true nature of the universe • Does knowledge really bring peace? - Western philosophy of doubting makes it real, eastern philosophy affirms everything by bringing everything together. Western say no no no Eastern say yes yes yes - What does Om mean? Yes. - Diversity is an illusion, everything is everything o Govinda is a foil for Siddhartha o Siddhartha distrusts teaching, you can not learn anything particularly when it comes to the level of the soul stuff, You can not learn anything vicariously o Govinda is like “aw yeah man teach me” - External Conflict: o Can Sid find enlightenment? - Internal Conflict: o Can he accept and learn himself? - He hears about the Samsans, who are ascetics, they refuse pleasure because true life is internal - Didactic allegory: Didactic means to teach. Allegory is a simple story with a deeper meaning - The most important body paragraph is symbolism Page 18: He has no trust for teaching Gautama: Is what he called the Buddha Page 22: The origin of suffering, life is pain, he teaches the liberation from suffering Page 27: Salvation from suffering Page 28: “Look Buddha I’m not criticizing what you’re doing but I can’t follow it” Because I need to find my own way