Dialectic of Being and Becoming in Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

Raman Kumar


(Abstract: The peculiar character and personality of an individual in society is formed by the opposite nature of being and becoming which acts in a dialectical manner. The character of Siddhartha in Hermann Hesse’s novel too results from this force of dialecticism and makes him a truly transformed human and an enlightened being.



Key Words: Dialecticism, being and becoming, change and transition, conflicts and contradictions, transformation)

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