What is the lesson the characters learn in Siddhartha?

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The various people that populate the pages of this classic seem to present different ways of pursuing Nirvana and therefore, the lesson that they teach us as readers is how to pursue enlightenment correctly. If we compare the key characters of Siddhartha and Govinda, we can see that they come to act as foils for each other in this respect. Although both seek Nirvana as directly as possible in the beginning, Siddhartha comes to abandon the Buddhist tradition that Govinda ascribes to so strictly and relies more on intuition....

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