While the Siddhartha in the book and the Buddha are two different entities, there are many connections that can be made between them. the two set off on a quest for knowledge, from something they loved. In Siddhartha's case, that would be Kamala and the life of gambling and alcohol. In Buddha's case, he left his family, a wife and a son. After turning away from what they loved, the two also both were enlightened, by a river, no less. Their stories are very similar.
The story of Siddhartha resonates with me so much because, like many other teens, I can relate to the journey that Siddhartha takes. As a teen, there is a lot I don't understand and that I would like to discover. Siddhartha's journey of self-discovery and enlightenment is very similar to the teens of today figuring out who they are. Like Siddhartha, we are eager to discover where we stand in the world. We seek guidance from those who are more experienced than us, similar to the protagonist. We want to become the best versions of ourselves, and in a sense, become enlightened. All of these teenage experiences parallel with the story of Siddhartha. All we want to do is understand; understand our purpose; understand where we fall in the social hierarchy; understand who we are. Siddhartha also seeks to discover some of these things.
Vasudeva, in Siddhartha, was something of a mentor to the protagonist. figures like these are common in many stories where the protagonist must complete a quest or task that seems too difficult to complete alone. In Siddhartha, the protagonist has trouble finding enlightenment and only when Vasudeva becomes involved does Siddhartha become enlightened. These mentor figures are important to stories because they are, in essence, what make the hero, the hero. Mentors like Yoda to Luke, or Mr. Miyagi to Daniel. They are often overlooked but are so significant and so impactful to the heroes. These mentors all have common traits amongst them. Like Vasudeva, Yoda and Mr. Miyagi are wise. They are also all known for their odd teaching methods that, when taken at face value, teach next to nothing, while in actuality, they teach so much just under the surface.
Siddhartha, over the course of the book, lets people tell him what to do to help him achieve enlightenment. When something doesn't work for him, he leaves to find someone else to tell. These external influences continue to displease Siddhartha until he meets someone that teach him that true enlightenment is unlocked from within. It is only then that Siddhartha becomes satisfied and truly enlightened. This story is similar to the one of the 2009 movie, Avatar. Jake Sully, the protagonist, takes orders left and right, but as he begins to learn the lives of the Na'vi, he decides for himself who he truly sides with. In that moment, Sully decided he wasn't going to let all the external influences distract him from siding with where he truly belonged. In both of these pieces, the protagonists only found themselves to be truly happy when they stopped letting other people tell them how to do things; only when they made their own choices, did they become happy.
Florance + The Machine's Dog Days Are Over tells the story of someone's journey to happiness. This story has uncanny parallels to Siddhartha. in beginning their journies, both had to leave their past behind. The song's story says that this person seeking happiness must leave their past to be truly happy, just as in Siddhartha. This proves to be a rather difficult task in both the song and in Siddhartha. In the song's story, the person who needs to leave their life behind to make anew finds it very difficult, and understandably so. Leaving all that you know behind is frightening. In Siddhartha's journey, he doesn't find leaving home difficult, but he does find it difficult to leave his rich, "life." For him, leaving behind the booze, sex, and money was the hard part. But, in time, both the person from the song and Siddhartha are able to leave their past behind in order to become happy.