Updated: 2/8/2021

Storyboard Text

  • Abyss
  • “He wished passionately for oblivion, to be at rest, to be dead” (87).
  • Om
  • Om.
  • “The moment the Om reached his consciousness and he recognized his wretchedness and his crime” (89).
  • Rebirth
  • “He only knew that his previous life [...] was finished, that it was so full of nausea and wretchedness that he had wanted to destroy it, but that he had come to himself by a river” (90).
  • As Siddhartha stares into the river, he contemplates his life purpose and thinks back upon how he has wasted many years. He then wishes to drown himself and end it all, showing his greatest challenge or the abyss.
  • Govinda
  • “Siddhartha saw that Govinda did not recognize him" (91).
  • “Govinda had also aged, but he still showed the old characteristics in his face -- eagerness, loyalty, curiosity, anxiety” (91).
  • Siddhartha hears the word 'Om' in the distance and it immediately calms him. This represents Siddhartha's return to his spiritual self while also saving his life.
  • Atonement
  • “The new Siddhartha felt a deep love for this flowing water and decided that he would not leave it again so quickly” (100).
  • Siddhartha awakens from his deep sleep, realizing he feels like a new person and internal content. He has now gone through his revelation since he "looked at the world as a new man" (90).
  • Govinda had been watching over Siddhartha while he slept, but managed to fall asleep as well. When they wake up, Siddhartha immediately recognizes Govinda, while Govinda does not recognize Siddhartha. This could show how Govinda is still the same person he was before while Siddhartha has been reborn into a new person.
  • After Govinda departs back to the other monks, Siddhartha looks out across the water contemplating his life. He is at one with his new self and realizes that everything in his past happened for a reason. Every part of his path led to his enlightenment.