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Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse

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Boulby, Mark. Hermann Hesse: His Mind and Art. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1967.

Casebeer, Evan. Hermann Hesse. New York: Warner Paperback, 1972.

Mileck, Joseph. Hermann Hesse and His Critics: The Criticism and Bibliography of Half a Century. New York: AMS Press, 1966.

Sorrell, Walter. Hermann Hesse: The Man who Sought and Found Himself. London: Oswald Wolff, 1974.

Stelzig, Eugene. Hermann Hesse’s Fictions of the Self: Autobiography and the Confessional Imagination. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1988.

Ziolkowski, Theodore, ed. Hesse: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1973.

———, ed. Hermann Hesse: Autobiographical Writings. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 1972.

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The bird in the cage

by rccarlson, September 03, 2013

Siddhartha dreamed the bird died in the cage, which symbolizes what will happen to him if he continues his path of samsara. When he leaves, a real bird is released by Kamala. Therefore, the bird represents Siddhartha leaving the prison of samsara and chosing a life outside of the cage, rather than a life of pleasure and comfort inside the cage.

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