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Siddhartha has changed a lot as the book goes on. In the beginning, he has such a strong desire to be someone who is independent and yet finds the kind of happiness he is in search of. He believes in a lot of Buddhism traditions, but he also thinks that there is something missing. Whether it is him or his spirit that is speaking, he ends up leaving and finding sin. He loves it, he indulges in it, and he finds that the natural man within him has taken over.
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In the last half of the book he leaves once again to find himself. He goes to a place that he loves which is in the woods. While there he meets a ferryman. He sleeps in his hut and soon enough, he is staying with him. It kind of reminds me of “in a van down by the river". Here there are two older men, who live down by the river, and live a very easy going, non stressful, lazy, laid back life. This life however is a calming one for Siddhartha as he feels the spiritual things come back into his life. He still spends time meditating, and learning to overcome his natural man tendencies. His son is soon returned to him upon the death of his mother.
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Siddhartha’s son arrives and now it is becoming a little more difficult to cope with the realities of life. I think Siddhartha looked at his son as more of a burden, because of the way that it made him feel. Here is was use to all this comforted path he was taking, and then he gets to also raise his son who fights against him. His son growing up in the sinful town of Samsara, decides that living with two old men down by the river is no fun at all, and can you blame him for thinking this. His son regrets being with him. I think it would be hard to have a son like this. In fact it would be hard to have a child like this.
In the end, the old wise man, who is now a little more aged, is the only ferryman, and he continues to live his life to the fullest, (as full as it can get), down by the river in his own little heaven.