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In chapter 3, is Siddhartha arrogant?

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In chapter 3, "Gotama," Siddhartha and his friend Govinda meet the Buddha. They have just left the samanas in the woods after Siddhartha rants that they have nothing to teach him. He feels disillusioned and has put their master under a spell to release them. Clearly in thinking he knows better than his master in this earlier chapter he is showing his arrogance.

In chapter 3 it is not so clear. Both Siddhartha and Govinda go to meet the Buddha. Both are impressed with this spirital teacher and his teachings. But Siddhartha seeks to question the Buddha. He points out the...

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