I've often listened to it, gazed at it, and I have always learned something from it. One can learn much for my River” (48). This quote is important because this is when he decides to take his path into his own hands and this is when he first really notices the river. Another example of this is how he leaves his wealthy life and lives as the ferryman's apprentice till he becomes the Buddha. This quote gives an explanation about the time he spent with the Ferryman at the River, “As Vasuveda rose from the river bank, when he looked into Siddhartha’s eyes and saw the serenity of knowledge shining in them, he touched his shoulder gently in his kind protective way and said : ‘I have waited for this hour, my friend.
Siddhartha wants to follow but the old ferryman tells him not to. It is then that he realizes it is just as when he was a boy and hated his father so and wanted nothing but to be out from under his roof. I suppose it is this way with most Father and Sons. Finally his friend the old ferryman led him to the river for one more lesson. He told him to listen and asked what he heard.
If people wait for good things to happen instead of going to where that thing is and doing something about it, they won't get anywhere. If people just sat around and waited for luck to come their way luck will pass on by. To pro... ... middle of paper ... ...offering him money or taking him fishing" (55). The memories of his brother and his whole family are in the river and every time he sees the river he sees his family. When the river splashes Paul is calling.
He sees Kamala again but unfortunately, she dies and leaves little Siddhartha with the ferrymen. He now experience for the first time in his life true love. His son runs away and Siddhartha follows him but he realizes he cannot bring him back. He learns from the river that time does not exist, everything is united, and the way to peace is through love. Siddhartha undergoes an archetypal quest to achieve spiritual transcendence.
After a brief conversation, Govinda departed to join with the rest of Buddha's followers. Siddhartha was attracted to the river and decided to remain by it. He revisited the ferryman, Vasudeva, who once took him across the river. He lived the life of a ferryman and learned many secrets from the river. He was finally content in his pursuit for truth, knowledge, and wisdom.
Siddhartha once again decides to move on, but Govinda chooses to stay with the Buddha. Siddhartha next experiences the world of Kamala, a world of lust. Siddhartha leaves this world and finally ends up on a riverbank, where he discovers the importance of the river from the ferryman, Vasudeva. He finally attains Nirvana through listening to the river. Throughout the life of Siddhartha, the river takes on many important meanings, making it the most important symbol in the novel.
The first evidence of this comes during the retreat of the Italian troops from their post. While walking with his fellow soldiers, Frederic is arrested and fears that he will be executed. "He jumps in the river with a splash" allowing it to float him along. It is like when Frederic jumps in the river, he is baptizing himself and cleansing his soul. The trip down the river gives him time to think about his future life with Catherine, even though he is uncertain if there will ever be a future between them again.
Gus in James Duncan's The River Why James Duncan’s book entitled, The River Why, focuses around the main character, Gus, and how he changes throughout the book. In this book Gus is discovering what life really is and that the whole world does not revolve around fishing. After moving out of his erratic house he spends all of his time fishing at his remote cabin, but this leaves him unhappy and a little insane. He embarks on a search for him self and for his own beliefs. Duncan changes Gus throughout the book, making Gus realize that there are more important things to life than fishing, and these things can lead to a happy fulfilled life, which in turn will help Gus enjoy life and fishing more.
One day when Siddhartha sets out to search for his son, the river speaks to him - but not in its usual soothing tone. This time the river laughs at him. Siddhartha looks into the water and sees his own reflection, which reminds him, however, of his father. He is reminded of the pain he caused his own father years earlier when he departed, never to return, and gradually perceives that the river is pointing out to him the repetitious nature of events. Nothing is new, everything is an integral part of a unified whole, including such things as the inevitable separation of fathers and sons.
He plunges into the water and is overwhelmed with a great sense of serenity, the water conceives him. Siddhartha falls in love with the water. This newfound love then cements his decision to stay near the water when the river told him to, “Love this river, stay by it, learn from it” (Hesse, 83). As he wanders down the river bank he comes across the ferryman, Vasudeva, that had once taken him across the river. For years he lives alongside Vasudeva and learns how to listen to the water, which in return teaches him that time is an illusion that keeps people infatuated with the past or the future.