Interview project

Name at least 3 things you learned about Hesse from the article and/or quotations.

  • ” When I first met Hermann Hesse, I found him more like Narcissus than Goldmund. He has ceased wandering and was living a life of introspection in his isolated retreat at Montagnola. Nevertheless, both Narcissus and Goldmund continued to exist with him together until the end of his life.” Through this quote, I learned the characteristics of Hesse. Even though I haven’t read those books before, I learned that every character in his book is a small version of himself, which at least contains some characteristics that he has.
  • From the inscription that Hesse has “words of Meng-Tse”, I learned that Hesse has inspired by the wisdom of China.
  • I learned that the concepts with which Hesse deals are influenced by religions like Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism.

One the last page, the article talks about “peace here in the mountains.” Connect this to Siddhartha. What does this mean? Make connections between Hesse (and this article) and the novel, Siddhartha.

As Hesse answered ” When you are close to Nature you can listen to the voice of God.” He finds peace in the mountains shows the importance of Nature to him, which is also reflected in his book, Siddhartha. The Nature takes a significant role in the book, especially the river, which represents as life, time, and the path to enlightenment. The river provides knowledge without words, and Siddhartha studies it by listening to the river. The sounds that river has suggest the sounds of all living things, and the nature of time. This goes back to the answer that Hesse makes, just like Siddhartha reaches the enlightenment from the river, Hesse can listen to the voice of God through the nature.

What QUESTIONS do you think the author asked Herman Hesse to write this article?

  • What is the leitmotif that Hesse contains in all of his books?
  • What does Hesse influenced by to make him have the concepts that exist in his books?
  • Which character in Hesse’s books does he think that is a small version of hime self?
  • What does Hesse thinks about the fact that his books are popular in the Spanish speaking countries?
  • What do Narcissus and Goldmund represent in Hesse’s book?
  • What does Hesse think about life?
  • Do God exist in our destiny?
  • Does Hesse think that the wisdom of Asia can be helpful?
  • What is the relation between Hesse and nature?
  • Does Hesse like painting, and why?