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Why is Siddhartha disillusioned with performing the ritual of ablution?

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arti99 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2008 at 5:46 AM via web

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Why is Siddhartha disillusioned with performing the ritual of ablution?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 12, 2008 at 10:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Siddhartha becomes restless and begins to question his father's beliefs.  He feels that he has learned all he can from talking to the Brahmans and they can not give him the peace he seeks.  As Hesse writes in the first chapter: "The ablutions were good, but they were water, they did not wash off the sin, they did not heal the spirit's thirst, they did not relieve the fear in his heart."

With all this stirring inside of him Siddhartha decides to go on a quest to find what is missing within himself.

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