Death? Not a big deal, says Siddhartha. The novel portrays death as ultimately insignificant – enlightenment is much more important. We see Siddhartha abuses his body in an effort to attain enlightenment, and later, when he doesn’t attain it, he thinks some extremely suicidal thoughts. In contrast, Kamala dies peacefully after having achieved spiritual understanding.
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Answered by Aslan
I think suicide would mean that a person has not worked hard enough to attain enlightenment. Suicide would, as to many of us, be a waste. In this case Siddhartha feels that he has taken the path of ignorance rather then enlightenment.