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Posted March 16, 2010 at 8:25 AM via web

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How has Siddhartha's viewpoint of the world changed dramatically in Chapter 4 of Siddhartha?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 16, 2010 at 10:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Up until Chapter 4 Siddhartha had pretty much allowed himself to be led by the teaching of others.  Suddenly he comes to the realization that he has not learned what he needs to reach a state of Nirvana from the others.  When he meets Buddha he feels that Buddha offers peace and has a good presence, but something is still missing for Siddhartha.  He asks Buddha a series of questions not wanting to insult him but to gain knowledge.  What he discovers is that Buddha seems to have found a way to possess the quality of having conquered himself.  Siddhartha wants to have this too and he knows his next quest is to find out how to conquer himself.

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