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Siddhartha Teaching Unit
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- Define allegory. How do the structure of the story and the names of the characters give evidence that this novel is an example of an allegory?
- What do the Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian religions teach about the importance of love, teachers, and physical pleasure?
- How did Hesse’s confinement to a sanitarium and his strict Lutheran childhood influence his work?
- Define “reincarnation” and explain the caste system. Do you think Siddhartha believes that one of the untouchables is just as worthy of love as a Brahman? Why or why not?
- Why does Siddhartha become addicted to gambling? What is ironic about this addiction?
- Compare Govinda’s life with Siddhartha’s life. Support the statement that Govinda deserves the epithet “the shadow” at the beginning of the story, but not at the end.
- Which of the Four Noble Truths does Siddhartha experience when he meets Gotama?
- In what way does Siddhartha’s doctrine of love stem from the principles of Christianity?
- Give two examples of Siddhartha’s extreme self confidence, which borders on arrogance.
- Give examples which support that, although Siddhartha is not in love with Kamala, she helps him learn to love.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.