siddhartha part II

siddhartha part II - The beginning of this chapter and part...

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The beginning of this chapter and part denote the rebirth of Siddhartha’s new life. The eagerness for him to finish his quest while in the state of his child-like beginning is shown in a number of ways, including a bizarre dream where Siddhartha sucks on the breast of a beautiful woman. This image further demonstrates his desire to gain as much wisdom and introspection from life as possible. It also foreshadows the next turn to be taken in Siddhartha’s life, which is one of sensuality and experience. His time with both the ferryman and the woman by the river show that the greatest of his struggles are that of physical and emotion struggle, and if he can make it past this, he will be able to reach Nirvana. As “Amongst the People” begins, it easy to understand Siddhartha’s vast separation from other people. Yet, ironically enough, this is also the point in the book where Siddhartha determines (on his own, and not be the will of the narration) that he can connect with another person… Kamala. While in the previous chapter she was made out to be the “embodiment of worldly living and pleasures”, Siddhartha now recognizes that she shares a similar distance from her life. He also sees in her where his problems lie: in
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ASIA 261 taught by Professor Ploth during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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