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Siddhartha is a novel detailing the life and times of a man named Siddhartha The novel can be read on two levels a literal interpretation or a general guideline to decent behavior Throughout the novel the hero Siddhartha is confronted with obstacles that seem to hinder him on the path toward salvation However one of the obstacles that hindered him actually turned out to help him When Siddhartha became a rich man he lost sense of his goal However when he finally came to his senses he realized that becoming a rich man could give him an experience very valuable toward the knowledge of salvation This applies to life in several ways Firstly one must learn from hishers mistakes Siddhartha learned a valuable lesson from being a rich man Had he not made that mistake he might not have even reached salvation An average Joe or Jane could apply this to hishers life Learning from one mistake can expedite the journey to the goal When a boomerang is thrown it more or less comes back It works the way with good or bad deeds When the ferryman took Siddhartha across the river he did not expect payment but expected that one day he will be paid back I did not expect any payment or gift from you You will give it to me some other time Hesse 49 Eventually he was So a good deed done for another even a stranger will more or less be paid back eventually in some form or fashion This book did not hold too many surprises primarily due to the mammoth amount of foreshadowing which is very interesting Practically every major detail in the book is foreshadowed This sparks an interesting search not unlike a major treasure hunt First time readers of the book should try to predict what the future holds A very interesting example of foreshadowing occurs when news of Sakyamunis past reached Siddharthas ears It is
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