Siddhartha struggled with love, whether it was for Kamala, or his son. When it was his son he had struggled with it because his son did not love him for Siddhartha would be considered poor in what his son had valued. His son had treated him and Vasudeva terribly. Siddhartha then learns to understand the pains to love, that is when he reaches enlightenment since he then sees that there is love in everything.
The way Hermann Hesse had written the book was to connect him to the character Siddhartha. Hesse had done this by having Siddhartha choose a career that wasn't one that his father had suggested, which is just what Hesse had done as well. How Siddhartha has left the strict life with his father to find his own peace, is something that Hermann had done. Hermann had left his father so he would be able to become a writer. This article helps show how the author had tied in this book of religion, love, patience, and understanding to himself.
Sparknotes has provided a list of characters that goes into depth for a deeper understanding of each character. It explains how each character had an impact on him throughout his life, and how they were important to him. For example, it explains that Kamala had shown him the ways of being a lover, and to learn the ways of the city in which they had stayed for a while.
This biographical speaks about his childhood, to his older years. It dips into his early wishes when he was an adolescent about being a poet. This view into his life shows the struggles he had when the World Wars broke out, and how he was discriminated against because he was German. This man had once loved to travel but he stopped traveling after his last trip to India.
Govinda's main significance to Siddhartha, is how they were both on the same path to achieve Nirvana. Govinda pace was more delayed because he had finally realized that it does not come through many years of studying, and that one has to find it independently instead of seeking it through a teacher. Their departure deemed to be of an importance for their meeting at the river later in their lives.