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I agreed with Bennetts analysis of Siddharthas belief that knowledge can only be obtained through self-discoveries and experiences Throughout Siddharthas life he denounced teachers and their teachings Hesse allows the reader to trace Siddharthas enlightening process both through his own experiences and the people with whom he comes in contact Siddharthas quest of the Self is developed by three key events his meeting with Buddha his attempted suicide and the arrivaldeparture of his son These events contributed to his self-discoveries and individuality Siddharthas meeting with Gautama the Buddha is the first key experience that contributes to his learning process After several years of living the ascetic life of a Samana Siddhartha decided to seek out Gautama The Illustrious One as a possible source of assistance in his journey to find his inner self After their meeting however Siddhartha becomes more convinced that the Buddhas methods satisfy his logical and tangible needs but will not bring him any closer to realizing his spiritual and metaphysical needs The theme of knowledge cannot be taught is present in Siddharthas conclusion that if he is to achieve an immaterial balance it must be on his own He understands that the Buddha had a remarkable experience but it is a personal one Siddhartha sees that his development process relies on forging his own experiences and his attainment of self-realization can only be made by himself regardless of what knowledge Gautama may impart to him The second experience that puts Siddhartha on a path to self-discovery is his attempted suicide Preceding this incident Siddhartha made a complete turnaround and decided to explore his worldly needs and lives the life of a lover merchant and gambler As a student of lust under Kamala and money under Kamaswami the protagonist becomes self centered greedy and no longer one who can fast think or wait This declined however is the seed to the next stage of obtaining knowledge The old saying without failure there
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