Siddartha Book Report

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Siddhartha Literary Terms Essay

            Hermann Hesse uses literary devices to enhance the text of Siddhartha.  He uses many types that all are important, but the three most important are metaphor, personification, and analogy.  A metaphor is important because comparing two things without like or as offers a nice change from the constant use of a simile.  Personification helped Hesse fully describe the details of inanimate objects in the book. Analogies allowed the harder-to-grasp thoughts and ideas to be clearer.   A large amount of thought went into this book, and because of that, Hesse deserved the praise he received.

            Metaphors describe more straight forward feelings and comparisons and really fit in with the book more than just from a technical point.  Hermann Hesse uses many metaphors to project his feelings upon the paper.  An example from the text of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse was “Dead was the bird within his heart” (Hesse 73).  This was referring to Siddhartha after he left the town of “child people” as Siddhartha called them.  He was feeling anguish and sadness and was having suicidal thoughts.  This was a perfect way to describe his feelings.  Another example is by Gautama when he says “You are clever O’ Samana” (31 Hesse).  The Buddha had much respect for Siddhartha but did not really like him.  Calling him clever is an effective use of sarcasm in a metaphor.  Metaphors have a great impact on the book and the reader.

            Personification helps all the important objects in this book become alive by fantastic description.  Hermann Hesse makes the personification element imperative to this book because of his descriptions.   An example that Vasudeva said when speaking to Siddhartha was “Ask the river and hear its counsel for yourself” (99 Hesse).  Both Siddhartha and Vasudeva believe the river to be all knowing.  Siddhartha has a problem so he goes to the river to see if it can help him learn the truth.  Another example is “The river was flowing gently and softly; it was dry season, but its voice sounded odd; it was laughing” (Hesse 110).  This is important to Siddhartha because this helps him deal with his son running away.  When Siddhartha was young he left his father and the river saw humor in this repetition.  Personification enhances the ideas of the book, Siddhartha.

            Analogy is a literary term that is harder to grasp.  It means to compare similar things using other literary terms.  It brings more complex themes to the book, Siddhartha.  An example is “This stone is a stone, it is also an animal, it is also god, it is also Buddha” (Hesse 121).  Govinda meant by this that all things are connected and that harming one could bring harm to another.  A good analogy by Siddhartha is “Is it true the river has many voices… Does it not have the voice of a king, and of a warrior, and of a bull, and of a nocturnal bird, and of a woman giving birth, and of a man heaving a sigh, and of a thousand more voices?” (Hesse 91). Siddhartha was asking how diverse the river was because of his curiosity.  Analogy has a large impact on writing style.

            The use of these three literary devices is what makes Siddhartha a good piece.  Metaphors are basic, personification is also basic, and analogy is more difficult to understand. When they are used correctly with each other and other literary devices, the end product can be a phenomenal piece of writing.  Hermann Hesse clearly understood how to use these literary devices when he created his Siddhartha

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  1. Posted January 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    sidharata is my fav book really it is for a better life

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