Siddhartha and Kikuji Essay

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The novellas, Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse and Thousand Cranes by Yasanari Kawabata both, have protagonists who set out on journeys. In Siddhartha, Siddhartha sets out on a journey to achieve nirvana, whereas, Kikuji in Thousand Cranes, sets out to distance himself from his late father and marry. The protagonists both encounter obstacles and the way they overcome them is different as well due to the way they were brought up and the time period. It is the methods they choose to overcome the obstacles of their paths and whether or not they decide to overcome it that decides if they succeed or fail in their journeys. Both Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse and Thousand Cranes by Yasanari Kawabata, portray the influence a bad father – son …show more content…
This shows us that Kikuji could care less about women and their needs, but Siddhartha, who craves for knowledge to become a Buddha, needs to learn love from Kamala to be successful in his journey. This difference can be seen as the one of the major difference when comparing both the protagonist’s lives, because in Thousand Cranes women play a major role in Kikuji’s life. For example Kurimoto and Ms. Ota who both wanted Kikuji to listen to them so that when he marries they or their daughter would be at a better social standard. Siddhartha and Kikuji are both protagonists who embark on a journey. Siddhartha, sets off to learn to become a Buddha, Whereas, Kikuji sets off to disconnect himself from his father and to marry. On Siddhartha’s journey he comes across a man known as Vasudeva, the Ferryman who helps him attain Enlightenment. Kikuji on the other hand tries to distance himself from his father, which leads to his failure which is also partly caused by Fumiko’s selfishness. “There was no reason for Fumiko to die Fumiko who had brought him life. And only Kurimoto is left”. As if spitting out all the accumulated venom on the woman he just took for his enemy.”(146) This shows us that Kikuji has no one to marry besides his enemy Kurimoto. In Siddhartha, “He no longer saw the face of his friend…The smile of Siddhartha…The Perfect on smiled…(121-122). This shows us that Govinda thinks of

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