Will S.IB English SLY109/02/08Paper II practice
Journeys, both literal and metaphorical, often play a central role in literature. Discusswith reference to works you have studied. (Nov. 2006)
In Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, and Hunger, by Knut Hamsun, journey playsmomentous roles in the character development. Siddhartha, the Brahmin’s son,learns the most important lesson of his life after he abandons everything and setsout to find the underlying truth in a clueless journey. Alternatively, the narratorwanders around the city of Christiania, hoping to earn his place in society, yeteventually realizing the futility in his journey. Initially in the journeys, bothcharacters’ lack of food consumption leads to abandonment in the characters’connection to people and the outside world. As both characters wander aroundthe forest and the city, illusion lures in as they meet women and become eager toearn fine possessions. Finally, Siddhartha and the narrator abandons the long journey with the hope they gain through connection with the river or the sea;Siddhartha discovers enlightenment as he crosses the river, and the narratordiscovers futility in the city as he takes the voyage across the sea. Throughout the journeys, the two characters finally develop their new perspective of viewing theworld.