From Siddhartha’s yearning for spiritual growth in the first chapter to Govinda’s desperation for salvation in the last chapter, Siddhartha is fundamentally a novel about seeking and journeying. Unlike other novels, however, the dissatisfaction in Siddhartha has a particular goal: enlightenment. We see Siddhartha’s dissatisfaction with various modes of living, but he settles in the end for life as an enlightened ferryman. His dissatisfaction evaporates.
Siddhartha’s dissatisfaction is completely internal and has nothing to do with external circumstance.