The following worksheet can be done once Siddhartha has met Kamala in Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. In the novel, Siddhartha refers to three different types of people: a sinking stone, a shooting star, and a falling leaf.
I have done this activity both right after Siddhartha has ended his relationship with Kamala, and as a way to wrap up the novel as well. I do find that students have a better understanding of the metaphors if this is done at the end of the novel -- but either way, it can be very fun and "enlightening". :)
The activity is meant to show first, how Siddhartha views the different personalities, and then to discover the flaws in his thinking. Students brainstorm different personality elements for each object. I've found that students get really creative -- and often times reveal a lot about themselves in what positive and negative connotations they associate with each of these objects and their "personalities".
I've scaffolded the activity into four steps to help ease students into thinking more creatively about how each object can be a type of person. A blank worksheet is included as is a teacher example with detailed answers for each section of the chart (2 pages). You can choose to have your students begin on their own -- but I like to do at least one example with them first. You can use my model to help guide them toward their own answers.
Ultimately, the activity helps students see how different paths of life work for different people -- and that we can find both good and bad things about each type of journey someone may choose to take. The activity also helps us see where Siddhartha fails in his thinking, and why it stops him from reaching enlightenment.
More detailed directions are included in this document for each step of the process.