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Siddhartha Essay

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Kathy Lin B BandSiddhartha PaperChoose from three different chapters and cite a paragraph, quote, statement that moved you, have questions about, described the symbolisms within the book, the idea of Siddhartha's quest, reflection, life experiences, relationships, life, love, the ferryman, the flow of life or any other themes, topics or passages that you may relate to.After you cite the work discuss in a paragraph (6-8 sentences minimum) of why this passage or quote you had questions about, discuss the symbolism, ideas, themes, quest relationship your reflection etc.In chapter 1 "The Brahmin's Son", page 5 of Siddhartha one of the quotes moved me. It states "He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, the wise Brahmans, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their wisdom, that they had already poured the sum total of their knowledge into his waiting vessel; and the vessel was not full, his intellect was not satisfied, his soul was not at peace, his heart was not still." Siddhartha was raised in an environment filled with love and good fortune. Despite that, he was not satisfied. This part corresponds to the first noble truth of Buddha which is the arrival of dissatisfaction. Siddhartha receives from others but it does not give him happiness. He begins to believe that the love and knowledge around him will not sustain him. The Brahmins who were supposed to know everything did not show him the right path to his questions. He thought perhaps there are other paths. He feels that he is a vessel and even with the Brahmins surrounding him with their knowledge, he is not full. This literary technique proved that Siddhartha wanted to search for these answers himself. The key themes in this quote are the path to spiritual, direction and indirection, truth and illusion, and satisfaction. This quote moved me because it shows that Siddhartha realized the Brahmins teachings are insufficient and he has learned all that he can from them, which eventually leads to his path of enlightenment.In chapter 7 "Samsara", page 82 of Siddhartha one of the quotes moved me. It states "Kamala kept a small rare songbird in a small golden cage. It was about this bird that he dreamt. This bird, which usually sang in the morning, became mute, and as this surprised him, he went up to the cage and looked inside. The little bird was dead and lay stiff on the floor. He took it out, held it a moment in his hand and then threw it away on the road, and at the same moment he was horrified and his heart ached as if he had thrown away with this dead bird all that was good and of value in himself." In Siddhartha's dream, Kamala's song bird turned mute and was dead...

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