Hesse uses personification to convey how the river is seen. This allows the responder to use their imagination and picture what the river may be thinking and feeling. The persona acknowledges how the bubbles on the surface of the river are watching him “Bubbles swimming on the mirror………the river looked at him…..”, personification creates living traits towards the river as well as causing the responder to ask if the river has been watching the persona sleep and waken as a new man. Through the use of imagery, Hesse creates a sense of peace and realisation as Siddhartha walks along his newly awakened path “The world was beautiful, strange, mysterious, green, yellow, blue…… woods, sky, river……enchanting….,” this helps describe the setting to the responder as well as highlighting the disbelief the persona feels as he realises how he hadn’t noticed how beautiful the world was until his awakening. Hesse also uses many similes’ in the text ‘Siddhartha’, an example of one of these is, “Your mouth is like a freshly cut fig, Kamala,” through describing Kamala’s lips as freshly cut figs, Hesse can create meaning and total understanding as to why Siddhartha is so attracted to Kamala. Another text that portrays the opportunities that journeys teach you about life is ‘The Road Not Taken’.
‘The Road Not Taken’ is a text about choice, written by Robert Frost. This text can be viewed as the road’s representing the life paths that persons choose from as they voyage through life experiencing life’s opportunities, and learning from those lessons. “Two roads diverged…… took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference”. This is making the persona feel they took the opportunity to choose the path that is less commonly chosen, and that has made all the difference. Compared to