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Siddhartha Chapter Questions

Chapter Questions
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Brianna Fowler

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Chapter Questions
Brianna Fowler Siddhartha Chapter 1- The Brahmin's Son Why is Siddhartha unhappy? Why is his spirit like a "waiting vessel"? Why is Govinda willing to follow him? How are the Samanas described? From his description, how does the author feel about them? The Samanas are described as strange and hostile, strict, priests who devote their life of pain and suffering to obtain Nirvana. The author dosent feel good about them from the description. How did Siddhartha convince his father? Why didn't he just go? By just standing there till his father new that Siddhartha was serious about going. He didn't just go because he wanted to know that his father was okay with this and accepted him for his choice. Why, do you suppose, Siddhartha's mother doesn't have more of a role in the decision? Siddhartha's mother doesn't have more of a role in his decision because I think that Siddhartha already made up his mind on what he was going to do and he wasn't going to let anyone influence his decision. What is his goal? What happens when he reaches that goal? Siddhartha's goal is to become empty, to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrow. and to let self die. to experience the peace of an emptied heart, to experience pure thought. When he reaches his goal 3. How does Siddhartha meditate? Siddhartha is unhappy because He doesn't feel fulfilled with his life.his spirit is like a 'waiting vessel" because he wants to feel like he was fulfilled. Govinda is willing to follow him because she wants someone to follow. Siddhartha meditates by the Sammanas rules so he suffers great pain. 4. What frustrates Siddhartha? The thing that frustrates Siddhartha is that he doesn't want to slip out of himself into a thousand different forms. 5. "I could have learned more quickly and easily in every inn in a prostitute's quarter, amongst the carriers and dice players. It possibly could mean if you hang around a whole lot of different people you could learn a whole lot of different things from them. 6. According to Siddhartha, what can one learn? Explain According to Siddhartha what you can learn is to be more enlightened so you can reach a higher place in your life. So maybe you can feel like you have accomplished something in your life that is bigger than life itself. So you can feel satisfied with yourself. 7. Who is Gotama? What does the author think of him? Gotama is a Buddha a wise man of Sakya. The author thinks that Gotama is a new hope for the world. 8. What does Siddhartha do with the oldest Samana? What does that feat show? Siddhartha tells the oldest Samana that he doesn't not want to stay with them anymore. the feat shows that he doesn't want the same life that the Samanas have Chapter 3 Gotama 1.How is Gotama different from the Samanas? Gotama is known as the enlightened one and the Samanas are just people who left their life to go live in the woods with the Samanas 2. How do they recognize him? He stands out from everyone else there. 3. Why does Govinda choose to join him? Why won't Siddhartha join him? Govinda believes in Siddharthas teaching. Siddhartha doesn't quiet believe in his own teaching and doesn't know if he wants to live a certain way in life. 4. According to Siddhartha, how will he find enlightenment? He will go on by himself on his journey to find himself. 5.Gotama asks him if his, Gotama's, followers will also find enlightenment. Siddhartha dodges this question. How He says that he can not judge other people he can only judge himself and that they have to find enlightenment for themselves and he also has to find it for himself. 6. What has the Buddha robbed from him? What has he given? The Buddha robbed him of Govinda he has given a much better understanding of himself. Chapter 4 Awakening 1. What does Siddhartha decide to study? How is that the one field he has been ignorant in? Siddhartha decides to study himself. He has never looked at his whole self on his journey he kept looking at others instead. Why does he feel an " icy chill"? He compares himself to a star. How is that so? He feels an icy chill because he feels alone. He compares himself to a star because he is alone in this world like a star is alone in space. 3. How is he different now? Siddhartha is different now because he truly sees himself for who he truly is as a person. 4. What is the "Self"? Why has it occupied Siddhartha so? Self is Siddhartha's inner being. It has occupied him because he has never truly ever been able to let his whole self go. 5. When Siddhartha "awakes" from his dream, what does he see for the first time? Siddhartha sees the path in front of him that he needs to take to complete his journey. Chapter 5 Kamala 1. How has his point of view changed? How does the writing style reflect this? He focuses more on the world around him and not just his inner thoughts and feelings. You start to see that it focuses more on the things around him and not just his thoughts. 2. Complete the quote "To obey no other eternal command. Nothing else was necessary. What does this quote mean? only the voice, to be prepared that was good , That was necessary. It means that Gautama heard a voice in his own heart to seek rest. 3. What dream does siddhartha see? Will this woman lead him to enlightenment? He sees Govinda asking him why he left and her becoming a women. yes it will lead him to enlightenment. 4. What does Siddhartha think of the Ferryman and of the river? He thinks that they are both very kind and very giving. 5. Why doesn't Siddhartha " ascend the tree" with the woman? Because his inner self told him not to ascend with the women. 6. Hesse uses a simile to describe the woman's mouth. what is it? What does that say about the woman? Your mouth is like a freshly cut fig. It says about the woman is that she is soft and dark. 7. How does Siddhartha prepare for Kamala? What does he want from her? He cuts his hair and loses his Samana look. He wants to learn to love. 8. Why might the portrayal of Kamala be politically incorrect? Because she is very sexual towards Siddhartha 9. What three things can Siddhartha do? He can Think, Wait, and Fast. 10. When Siddhartha receives his first kiss, the style changes. How? Why? Love is added to the text because he has finally learned how to love. 11. Who is Kamaswami? Kamaswami is the richest merchant in the town. 12. Siddhartha Compares himself to a stone. How is this so? He goes through the world affairs like a stone in a water. Chapter 6 Amongst the People 1. How does Siddhartha take control of the interview? He answers them in a way to show the merchant that he doesn't need him 2. For all of his holy skills, in the end, why does Kamaswami hire him? Because he writes very well. 3. In your own words and thoughtfully, what did Kamala teach him? Kamala taught him about how to love, and also about pleasure. 4. What makes Siddhartha good at business? Why might he be an excellent partner for Kamaswami? He can write and cares about people and he can make people love Kamaswami. 5. What does his four day trip to the village show about Siddhartha? How could that be good business? He can meet new people and can make an impact on them and these are very useful business skills. 6. What does Siddhartha's inner voice say? How is life " flowing past" him? That he needs to move on to a new place because he has already learned as much as he can in this place. 7. What do you suppose a Samana heart is? A Samana heart is a heart that is looking for peace. 8. How are Siddhartha and Kamala similar? They both have knowledge but they both seek new knowledge. Chapter 7 Samsara 1. Does Siddhartha have a bad life? What is good about it? No I don't think he has a bad life.It is good because he has people that care about him. 2. What had Siddhartha learned "amongst the people"? He learned all the things that normal people do and he learned emotions. 3. What happened when the property finally became chain and a burden? He became depressed with his life. 4. How does his dice playing echo his real life? In his life he has gotten very caught up with the wordly possessions. 5. What was his Kamala dream about? It was how sex and death were similar. 6. What was the Bird dream about? What does it mean? about a songbird that died it means now that he only focuses on possessions he has lost his goals they have died. 7. Why does he feel dead? Because he lost sight of his goal in life. 8. Why is it important that Kamala is pregnant? Why out of that last trip? So Siddhartha can feel like he is worth something now because he has a child. Chapter 8 By the River 1. Why does Siddhartha wish to kill himself? Because he feels like he has lost his whole goal on why he set out on this journey in the first place. 2. What is the tone of this section? is it entirely serious? It is somewhat dark and no I don't think that it is entirely serious. 3. What sound does he hear? How does he react? The word "OM". He reacts by being confused and than thinks about it than falls back to sleep. 4. How is he different when he wakes up? Who is sitting with him? He is upbeat and rejuvenated. When he wakes he sees Govinda. 5. What does Siddhartha start lecturing his friend about? That appearance is not everything and spirituality is most important. Chapter 9 The Ferryman 1. What does Siddhartha learn from the Ferryman? He learns the art of listening. 2. How are the skills he is learning now important to him for life? These are the skills that will help him for the rest of his life. 3. What do people say about Siddhartha and the Ferryman? That they were wise and that they could teach him about the river. 4. How are they becoming alike? Is this a good thing? They are both understanding them self's. It is a good thing because it is helping him reach enlightenment. 5. Describe the events surrounding Kamala's meeting Siddhartha again. She gets bit by a snake when taking her son to see the dying buddha when she awakes she see Siddhartha. 6. How has Siddhartha changed since their last meeting? How has Kamala changed? They both have returned to simpler life. They are both dressed in plain clothes. 7. What happens to Kamala? How does this effect Siddhartha? She dies he takes it in a positive way chapter 10 The Son 1. What about Siddhartha would make him a lousy father? He is to concerned about finding nirvana that he can't raise a son. 2. How does young Siddhartha take advantage of the father? He knows that he isn't the type of father to punish him. 3. What does he try and do for his son? Why won't it work? He tries to win him over with love and it won't work because he is not used to that kind of life style. 4. Why doesn't he punish the boy? He doesn't believe that he has the power to punish him. 5. Why is the river laughing? How has Siddhartha gotten "his own"? He has gotten burned for the first time in a long time and it is his own doing. 6. How can love be "Samsara"? It is a human passion. 7. Why does the son hate the father? Because he thinks he is way to nice and he wants to be punished. 8. Why did he break the oar? Because he was very angry with his father. 9. In losing his son, what might Siddhartha have gained? He may have gained knowledge. Chapter 11 Om 1. What "wound" does Siddhartha have? What is the different light that he sees people in? His loss of his son. He envies the people that have children. 2. What has been his biggest change since becoming a ferryman? As a result, how does the tone of the book change? The way that he thinks. Now he speaks of holy things and about life and the river. 3. What does the river do when Siddhartha goes to see his son? It laughs at him. Then he sees his father in the water. 4. Siddhartha and Vasudeva listen very, very closely to the river. What do they hear? Why is everything interconnected? All the voices of all the people that Siddhartha ever knew. They all make up the world and the om. 5. Where does Vasudeva go? He dies and meets enlightenment. Chapter 12 Govinda 1. Why is there still restlessness in Govinda's heart? Because he has never really felt like an accomplished one. 2. What is wrong with seeking, according to Siddhartha? When you seek to much you can not find anything. 3. Why doesn't Siddhartha have a doctrine? How can wisdom not be communicable? Can you communicate knowledge? He doesn't believe in doctrine. You can only learn it on your own. Yes you can communicate knowledge. 4. What is the symbolism of the stone? It is reincarnation 5. How can Narvana and Samsara be the same? Because reincarnation will lead anything to Narvana. 6. What does Govinda see Siddhartha do? What does this show about Siddhartha's final change? He smiles and sees all of Govindas past lives. He became a Buddha and finally reached Nirvana.
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