The conflict in the novel Siddhartha is about the search for inner
peace and enlightenment, and how difficult it can be to find.
Siddhartha’s life takes him on a very long journey. It takes
Siddhartha years searching for a state of happiness and serenity.
His search for happiness and serenity seems to be constantly just
beyond his grasp. He struggles to find truth. Siddhartha begins the
novel by leaving his
comfortable life of wealth. He gives up all of his possessions to be
a wandering philosopher.
Siddhartha discovers hunger and pain for the first time. After
meeting Gotama the Buddha he
decides that this is not the right path for him, so he declines
joining his Buddhist followers. He decides to go to a city and
reenter the world, hoping to learn some new truths about himself. He
does find new truths about himself, but he doesn't like what
materialism and being a merchant does to him, and after a few years
he leaves this life as well.
Siddhartha then becomes a ferrymen's apprentice trying to learn what
lessons he can from the river. He is finally happy and enlightened.
The conflict in this novel is inside Siddhartha's head. Siddhartha
has a truly personal quest toward self-fulfillment.
Siddhartha believes that experiences and your own personal growth
can teach you spiritual enlightenment. Siddhartha believes
understanding the true self is the ultimate goal of every human
being. By the end of the book Siddhartha has complete serenity and
he is in a peaceful and harmonious state of being.
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