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tayyy | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 3, 2010 at 7:37 AM via web

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How do the expectations that Siddhartha faces compare to those that young men and women face in American society?

How does it impact peoples' lives if they choose to break these expectations?

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kristinasarr | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:08 AM (Answer #1)

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How do the expectations that Siddhartha faces compare to those that young men and women face in American society?

How does it impact peoples' lives if they choose to break these expectations?

Siddhartha, like the rest of us, has his family reputation to worry about.  If a child strays, in America, as in everywhere else, parents are looked at and often blamed.  Siddhartha's father wanted to keep his son close but also wanted his village to see his son had learned from him.  But he was set free and his expecatations were, in effect, those he placed on himself.  Any American teenager sets some sort of expectations him or herself, as did Siddhartha.  He strayed from his expectations, which is also what teenagers do all over the world.  When Siddhartha strayed, he began a business, a love affair, gambling, etc.  He joined several different groups before he met Kamala.  How did his straying affect them?  He left them.  He left Govinda, his truest friend.  He left Kamala, with a child to raise by herself.  He had to find himself to reach is own expectations.  If he stuck to his own expectations in the first place, he would not have involved himself with these other people.  He would not have had people to leave.  He would not have created a fatherless child.  Just as teenagers usually affect someone by not reaching expectations.  For example, if you don't meet expectations, perhaps you will disappoint someone, perhaps someone will cough due to second hand smoke if you take up smoking, perhaps a friend will be hurt or lost.  Or even gained.  But, in Siddhartha, the truth is, no one is free from consequences of failed expectations.  I hope this answers your question.

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