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Siddhartha Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and educators will be able to assist their students in understanding Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. This lesson plan will offer guidance as students explore the motivations of Siddhartha, the novel's eponymous protagonist, as he searches for inner peace. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- What has caused Siddhartha "to feel the seeds of discontent within him"? Siddhartha believes that he has obtained all the knowledge that his father and teachers can offer, but it is not enough.
- What does Siddhartha dream as he slept in the ferryman's straw hut? Siddhartha dreams that Govinda stands before him asking, "Why did you leave me?" Govinda then turns into a woman from whose breast Siddhartha drinks and becomes intoxicated with pleasure.
- Who is Kamaswami? Why does Kamala send Siddhartha to him? Kamaswami is the richest merchant in town. Kamala insists that Siddhartha must see him so that he may gain fine clothes, shoes, and money. Only then will Siddhartha be fit to be with Kamala.
- What is the first "secret from the river" that Siddhartha learns? He learns that there is no such thing as time. "The river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean, and in the mountains, everywhere, and that the present only exists for it."
- Siddhartha tries to find his son after he runs away. Why does Siddhartha stop his search at the garden that had once belonged to Kamala? Standing at the garden Siddhartha remembered his life and in doing so he realized it was a foolish desire to follow his son. He realizes that he can not help his son and that he shouldn't force himself on his son.
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