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Character Analysis

Kamala represents Siddhartha’s foray into the world of lust and greed. Don’t go calling her Cruella de Vil just yet. Siddhartha willingly accepts Kamala as a teacher (remember, he usually doesn’t like teachers), and dives into the project of educating himself about sex with the vigor characteristic of his spiritual endeavors. Although Siddhartha ultimately becomes disillusioned with the emptiness of his life in the material world, he later cites Kamala as one of his primary teachers on his path to enlightenment. By helping Siddhartha to see the best of what the material world has to offer, Kamala helps Siddhartha realize that the material world isn’t enough to satisfy him. Their child proved to be the final, most difficult, but necessary test of Siddhartha’s spirituality. Siddhartha’s spirituality similarly benefited Kamala, who by the end of the novel, seems to have found relative peace, if not enlightenment. Although the bond between Siddhartha and Kamala is not transcendent love, it is mutually beneficial.

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