Siddhartha - Study Guide Part 1: "The Brahmin's Son" Summary & Analysis

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In the first chapter, we are introduced to Siddhartha, the main character of the story. Handsome, strong, and intelligent, Siddhartha is a poor young man who lives in India. Those around him, especially his friend Govinda, love and admire Siddhartha and seem content with their lives. However, unlike the others, Siddhartha is unhappy. He is filled with "dreams and restless thoughts," which come "flowing to him from the river."

Hoping to find peace and contentment elsewhere, Siddhartha decides to leave home and join a group of men called Samanas, who live very simple lives of prayer and meditation, a form of deep relaxation and breathing. However, before Siddhartha can leave, he must first ask his father's permission.

Initially, Siddhartha's father does not want his son to leave. His father sees how keen Siddhartha...

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