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Siddharthas Maturation as Marked by Key Experiences Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is the story of a young Indian noble who ventures off in the world to find an understanding of the meaning of life His journey begins as a young Brahmin who yearned to unwind the complexities of his existence He ends as an old sage who has found peace within himself and his surroundings Throughout the book Hesse allows the reader to trace Siddharthas maturation process both through his experiences and people with whom he comes in contact During his journey he makes a number of choices turns that put him on a path of his maturation which is marked by self discovery and independence Siddharthas maturation is developed by three key events his meeting with Buddha his attempted suicide and the arrivaldeparture of his son as they all contribute to his self discovery and individuality Siddharthas meeting with Gautama the Buddha is the first key experience that contributes to his maturation process After several years of living the ascetic life of a Samana Siddhartha decides to seek out Gautama The Illustrious One as a possible source of assistance in his journey to find his inner self After their meeting however Siddhartha becomes more convinced that the Buddhas methods satisfy his logical and tangible needs but will not bring him any closer to realizing his spiritual and metaphysical needs The theme of maturity presents itself in Siddharthas conclusion that if he is to achieve an immaterial balance it must be on his own He understands that the Buddha had a remarkable experience but it is a personal one Siddhartha sees that his development process relies on his forging his own experiences and his attainment of self realization can only be made by himself regardless of what knowledge Gautama may impart to him The second experience that puts Siddhartha on
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