In Part 2, what is Siddhartha's realization regarding his avarice?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of Siddhartha's most profound realizations is the emptiness of the material life.  He is revealed to be at a distance in this life, even when he is completely immersed in its avarice.  Nothing seems to satisfy him in his sense of oneness and desire for it.  His own sense of avarice still leaves him empty.  A sense of detachment pervades his being, reflected in how he views his reality and how others with similar conceptions view theirs.  It is here where I think that Siddhartha recognizes and realizes the emptiness in the live he leads.  The samsara, or suffering in the worldly conception, is what he is still unable to escape no matter how avaricious his view towards wealth, sensuality, and earthly pleasure remains.  In this, he is shown to be one who recognizes that there is a basic emptiness in how he is living his life and a need or demand for it to be changed.  The physical world is shown to be a realm that cannot satisfy the emotional hunger that exists within Siddhartha, reflecting how his search for truth and unity is one that lies at the very essence of his being, something that even avarice cannot conceal for very long.