Siddhartha Outline II Name:
Siddhartha Outline & Vocabulary
1. How has Siddhartha’s point of view changed?
2. How does the writing style reflect this?
3. What dream does Siddhartha see?
4. Will this woman lead him to enlightenment?
5. What does Siddhartha think of the Ferryman and of the river?
6. Why doesn’t Siddhartha “ascend the tree” with the woman?
7. Hesse uses a simile to describe the woman’s (Kamala’s) mouth. What is it?
8. What does that say about the woman?
9. How does Siddhartha prepare for Kamala?
10. What does he want from her?
11. What three things can Siddhartha do?
12. When Siddhartha receives his first kiss, the style changes. How? Why?
13. Who is Kamaswami?
14. Siddhartha compares himself to a stone. How is this so?
Vocabulary: enthrall (45); ostracize (45); erudition (47); mortification (48); subservient
(49); benediction (50); bangles (51); courtesan (52); circuitous (58).
Amongst the People
1. How does Siddhartha take control of the interview?
2. For all of his holy skills, in the end, why does Kamaswami hire him?
3. In your own word—and thoughtfully—what did Kamala teach him?
4. What makes Siddhartha good at business?
5. Why might he be an excellent partner for Kamaswami?
6. What does his four day trip to the village show about Siddhartha?
7. How could that be good business?
8. What does Siddhartha’s inner voice say?
9. How is life “flowing past” him?
10. What do you suppose a Samana heart is?
11. How are Siddhartha and Kamala similar?
Vocabulary: supple (63); prudent (63); servile (66); insatiable (66); reproach (68);
deprivations (70); elicit (70); derive (71).
1. Does Siddhartha have a bad life? What is good about it?
2. What had Siddhartha learned (important stuff)?
3. What happened when the property finally became chain and a burden?
4. How does his dice playing echo his real life?
5. What was his Kamala dream about?
6. What was the dream about the songbird about?
7. Why does he feel dead?
8. What is keeping Siddhartha from being like the common people?
9. Why is it important that Kamala is pregnant? Why out of that last trip?
10. This chapter uses at least three major symbols or similes. What are they? Explain.
Vocabulary: doctrine (76); inertia (76); satiate (79); tepid (79); insipid (79); entice (81);
agitate (81); engender (83).
By the River
1. Why does Siddhartha wish to kill himself?
2. What is the tone of this section? Is it entirely serious?
3. What sound does he hear? How does he react?
4. How is he different when he wakes up?
5. Who is sitting with him?
6. What does Siddhartha start lecturing his friend about?
7. What has Siddhartha learned about himself? His life?
Vocabulary: ennui (87); oblivion (87); countenance (89); pilgrimage (93); expiation (96).
1. How is the river a key to understanding life?
2. How does the river work as a symbol?
3. What does Siddhartha learn from the river?
4. What does the river have to teach about time?
5. Kamala has a pretty weak role. How would the story be different if she were
Vocabulary: nuisance (103); perpetual (108); emanate (108); pallid (113); pyre (115).
1. What about Siddhartha would make him a lousy father?
2. How does young Siddhartha take advantage of the father?
3. What does Siddhartha try and do for his son?
4. Why won’t it work?
5. Why doesn’t he punish the boy?
6. Why is the river laughing?
7. How can love be “Samsara”?
8. Why does the son hate the father?
9. Why did he break the oar?
10. In losing his son, what might Siddhartha have gained?
1. What “wound” does Siddhartha have?
2. What is the different light that he sees people in?
3. What has been his biggest change since becoming a ferryman?
4. As a result, how does the tone of the book change?
5. What does the river do when Siddhartha goes to see his son?
6. Whose reflection does he see?
7. Siddhartha and Vasudeva listen very, very closely to the river. What do they hear?
8. Why is everything interconnected?
9. Where does Vasudeva go? (Not just the woods)
10. Although there is one more chapter left to go, the ultimate realization has come in
this one. What is it?
1. Why is there still restlessness in Govinda’s heart?
2. What is wrong with seeking, according to Siddhartha?
3. Why doesn’t Siddhartha have a doctrine?
4. How can wisdom not be communicable?
5. Can you communicate knowledge?
6. What is the symbolism of the stone?
7. How can Nirvana and Samsara be the same?
8. What does Govinda see Siddhartha do?
9. What does this show about Siddhartha’s final change?
Siddhartha; Govinda; Gotama; the Ferryman; Kamala; Kamaswami; Vasudeva.
According to the ancient Hindu scriptures, there are four "varnas." The Bhagavad Gita
says varnas are decided based on Guna and Karma. Manusmriti and some other shastras
mention four varnas: the Brahmins (teachers, scholars and priests), the Kshatriyas
(kings and warriors), the Vaishyas (traders), and Shudras (agriculturists, service
providers, and some artisan groups). Offspring of different varnas belong to different
Jātis. Another group excluded from the main society was called Parjanya or Antyaja.
This group of former "untouchables" (now called Dalits) was considered either the lower
section of Shudras or outside the caste system altogether. Passages from scriptures such
as Manusmriti indicate that the varna system was originally non-hereditary.[
Atman— is a philosophical term used within Hinduism to identify the soul. It is
one’s true self (hence generally translated into English as “Self”) beyond
identification with the phenomenal reality of worldly existence.
Samana—is the name for certain wandering ascetics from India.
Prajapati—is a Hindu deity presiding over procreation, and protector of life. He
appears as a creator deity or supreme god above the other Vedic deities.