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Search for Meaning in Siddhartha

Search for Meaning in Siddhartha

Siddhartha is a young man on a long quest in search of the ultimate answer to the enigma of a man’s role on this earth. Through his travels, he finds love, friendship, pain, and identity. He finds the true meaning behind them the hard way, but that is the best way to learn them.

He starts out by finding friendship with his buddy, Govinda. They have been friends ever since their childhood. There are really close, like each other’s shadow. They have traveled and lived most of their life together. Govinda was a very loyal friend. “Govinda, his friend, the Brahmin’s son, loved him more than anybody else. He loved Siddhartha’s eyes and clear voice. He loved the way he walked, his complete grace of movement; he loved everything that Siddhartha did and said, and above all he loved his intellect, his fine ardent thoughts, his strong will, his high vocation. Govinda knew that [Siddhartha] would not become an ordinary Brahmin, a lazy sacrificial official, an avaricious dealer in magic sayings, a conceited worthless orator, a wicked sly priest, o…

Staging Jonson’s Volpone

Staging Volpone

Jonson’s Volpone, or The Fox is almost exactly contemporary with Shakespeare’s Othello and contains aspects that some might view as its comic counterpart. Venetian corruption and the insidious influence of a mincing, unscrupulous servant are themes common to both plays. What, though, has this play to communicate to us? Themes of corruption and materialism, resulting in a misanthropic view of the world, might have been telling in seventeenth-century England, but it is of course extremely difficult to construe them as relevant to the world of today..

Volpone (the fox) is a wealthy man who fakes a grave illness in order to accumulate further treasures that will make him wealthier. His servant, Mosca (the fly), informs some of Volpone’s rich associates that he is nearing his end and considering his will; each can boost his or her prospects of becoming sole beneficiary after his death by presently bestowing upon him plentiful gifts.

However, Volpone is by no means a simple comedy, and there are elements of several genres contemporary to Jonson an…

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