The taming of the shrew Essay

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A ‘Journey’ is an imaginative, spiritual, or chosen life plan that someone will experience or wish to experience during their life. ‘Journeys’ create a person’s life lessons as they progress and age. These ‘Journeys’ contain the obstacles a person may overcome to achieve who they are destined to be. ‘Siddhartha’ is a text which takes us through the journey of enlightenment and knowledge, which is reached by Siddhartha learning from his own personal journeys and seeking opportunities to fulfil his destiny. ‘I had to experience despair; I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace’. Hesse reflects on Siddhartha’s mistakes as well as his realisations; that everything he has undergone has been worth the sorrow and despair. The persona had to experience starvation, love, despair and sorrow just to learn a collection of life lessons and the opportunity’s they hold. This realisation causes the persona to come to the understanding that every journey is an opportunity to learn life’s lessons. In the text ‘Siddhartha’ Hesse uses the language techniques personification, imagery and simile.
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