Ap english Literature – Analytical Literature Review title: Siddhartha author: Herman Hesse

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AP English Literature – Analytical Literature Review
TITLE: Siddhartha AUTHOR: Herman Hesse

Historical context – what do you know about the author’s time (political, social, philosophical) that is relevant to the text and its theme?
Siddhartha is a 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse

Setting – location, region, country, historical period – how does setting influence characterization? How does setting influence theme?

India during the time of the Gautama Buddha. Theme includes finding and to take part in a spiritual journey.

Author Biography – what do you know about the author that gives information about the text, its themes, and its significance?

2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962

each of his works explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality

Inciting Incident – what character and/or events cause the conflict? How does the inciting incident inform theme?
Siddhartha is on a journey to find enlightenment.

Internal Conflict – What characters struggle internally? How and why? Does this conflict inform theme?
He wants to reach enlightenment

External Conflict- Between whom/what? Why? How does conflict inform theme?
The conflict between Siddhartha and his son.

Symbolism - abstract or concrete? What are they? How does symbolism inform theme?
The river is the important symbol is the river. It represents life itself.

Tone – How is the author’s and/or speaker’s attitude evident in the text?
Siddhartha is always questioning his choices in every situation.

Characterization – how and what type – flat/round? Static/dynamic? Stock? Protagonist/Antagonist/Foil? Motivation? Attitudes? Analysis of major characters. How does characterization inform theme?

Siddhartha protagonist. His dad is at some points is the antagonist. Govinda also plays an important role.

Figurative language and literary devices – what devices are most prominent? What do they mean? How does the meaning relate to the theme?

Finding enlightenment is a common theme and path.

Universal application – What specific themes are relevant to life/the human condition beyond the pages of the text? Answer “so what?” for the themes—why does this text matter?
It’s about finding happiness

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