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IB English Part 4 WL Title: Siddhartha Study Questions Consider these questions as you read. Choose three questions from each section to answer in complete sentences. Type in a Word Document. Send to Ms. Suehiro ( [email protected] ) by July 15. I will notify Ms. Tanaka who completed this assignment. Study Questions: “The Brahmin’s Son” 1. What role does nature seem to be playing as we open the novel? Track the development of the metaphor of the river as you continue to read. 2. At what stage or on what path, in the Hindu conception, do we find Siddhartha at the beginning of the novel? What reason do you think Hinduism would offer to explain why he is not satisfied? 3. What is the “only important thing” that Siddhartha wants to know? 4. Explain: “In truth, the name of Brahman is Satya. Indeed, he who knows it enters the heavenly world each day” (8). 5. Why do you suspect Siddhartha is drawn to the Samanas? 6. What principles are at work in Siddhartha’s standing and waiting? 7. Twins are a popular motif in myths (recall Gilgamesh and Enkidu). This novel relies heavily on mythic structure and style to tell its story. Notice two things as you read: the mythic qualities of the story, and the role Govinda plays in the novel. Is he a type of “twin” for Siddhartha? If so, what might he represent? Study Questions: “With the Samanas” 1. What changes do you see in Siddhartha joins the Samanas? Why do you think these changes occur? 2. How do you make sense of the phrase “he slipped out of his Self in a thousand different forms” (15)? Ultimately, Siddhartha finds this method unsuccessful. Why? 3. Why does Siddhartha say: “What I have so far learned from the Samanas, I could have learned more quickly and easily in every inn in a prostitute’s quarter, amongst the carriers and dice players” (16)? What does Govinda’s response reveal about Siddhartha’s meaning? 4. Is Siddhartha serious when he says: “Perhaps, Govinda, it would have been equally good, equally clever and holy if I had questioned the rhinoceros or the chimpanzee” (19)? Defend your answer.
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