In stories, the mentor is commonly the stereotypical wise old man who has never trimmed his beard and can talk in circles for days. However, a mentor can be anyone who provides guidance or advice. In Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, the most important step in Santiago’s journey is meeting his mentor, Melchizedek. Without this stage, the boy would never know that his Personal Legend is attainable or have the knowledge he needs to complete his journey. The king of Salem, like all great mentors, comes “at the point where [Santiago is] about to give it all up” (Coelho 25). He encourages the boy to follow the dream he has about leaving for the pyramids in Egypt; to go find his treasure. Consequently, the only way Santiago is able to reach the pyramids
The birth and departure is the introduction of the archetypal story. In the beginning, the hero is introduced to his ordinary world. In Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh is a king of Uruk. He is known by the people of Uruk to be a selfish and an arrogant king. In The Alchemist, Santiago is a poor shepherd in a city of Tarifa. He travels around to other villages to trade wool for other goods. Both of these characters are unlikely heroes. Gilgamesh is an unlikely hero because he is selfish and
At many times in people’s lives, they consider giving up. This is also true for Santiago, the protagonist in Paulo Coelho's fantasy novel The Alchemist. Santiago is on a journey to find a hidden treasure he saw in a dream. Along this journey he continues to contemplate whether he should just give up, or continue his adventure. By continuing he finds his true inner strength. In the story, the author shows the importance of perseverance, and how to face the many obstacles that people are presented in their lives to complete their goal.
The Alchemist is a novel by Brazillian author Paulo Coelho which throws light on how a person 's will power ,dreams and sacrifises leads him to his dreams or his chosen paradise. If a person desires something how the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream ,this can be seen through the story of Santiago ,a shepherd who believes his reccuring dream to be prophetic. The story revolves around a boy who in search of treasure finds the true meaning of life and discovers the reason behind his existence ,he explores the secrets that lie behind the human mind and finds a new meaning of the world ,how he understands the language of the world and adds new chapter to his life.
Paulo Coehlo’s, The Alchemist, explores the Hero’s Journey through the story of a shepherd, Santiago. Throughout the novel, Santiago becomes more aware of his potential as he pursues his Personal Legend. He faces temptations and obstacles as he develops as a character.
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” This quote is the epitome of, Santiago, the boy, In the novel “The Alchemist”. The boy comes across several points where it would be easier to stop his journey and forget his dream, but instead he keeps pushing through till he succeeds, with the help of the omens. The recurring theme of omens in the novel, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho helps Santiago persevere throughout the novel, by guiding him in the right direction.
While Santiago and the alchemist cross the desert, Santiago becomes irritated with his heart’s ups and downs. Santiago’s heart begins to tell stories of sadness,
This is illuminated when the Alchemist says, “‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure’” (141). This particular moment shows that even though Santiago has both the ability and the knowledge to achieve his dream, it is impossible to attain it if he fears even attempting to reach it. Consequently, this fear acts as his enemy and a barrier that stands in the way of the meaningful and happy life he is destined to accomplish. Furthermore, another one of his fears is the fear of losing what he believes he has already earned. ”He reminded himself that he had been a shepherd and that he could be a shepherd again. Fatima was more important than his treasure” (95). Santiago is willing to drop everything
In the story the alchemist it is discovered that there are many different things in life to look forward to. There is also something in the story that is a moral or your life´s destiny called your personal legend. Your personal legend is one of those things in life that some people look up to in the future. Santiago travels the world to pursue his personal legend. Santiago strived to find his personal legend with the help of people he met on the way to find treasure that he is destined to find , just to realize the treasure was where he had fallen asleep in the beginning of the book.
These are some of the last words the Alchemist says to Santiago before they part ways. He explains to the boy why he had to undergo tests and trials in order to fulfill his personal legend. Santiago endured many hardships, but it all started with "beginners luck." His first trial was when he was robbed of all his possessions, and it ended with having to turn himself into wind. These tests were put in place to have Santiago ace the lessons he had learned along his journey.
Through talks of Abraham and the Quran, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has an overlying theme of religion. The book follows the life of shepherd named Santiago and his journey throughout life as he wants to travel around the world, where he meets many people that give him advice on his journey. Like the prologue Narcissus story, The Alchemist itself has a message that is concentrating on oneself can unite a person to nature and the spiritual world. Only through single-mindedly attempting to reach his Personal Legend does Santiago learn the mysteries of the Soul of the World, for instance. Throughout the book, Santiago must put his attention first repeatedly, as when he decides to be a shepherd preferably than a priest and when he leaves the haven to continue on his journey. However, through disregarding everything but his dream, Santiago understands his real potential. In this way, he inserts to the Soul of the World. With this under consideration, many questions can be brought up. What is the attitude of The Alchemist towards material wealth and individualism, and how does this relate to significant religions?
Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago a Shepard whose life changes once he finds out about a treasure from his frequent dreams and meets a strange man who helps him to start his personal legend. On Santiago’s journey he starts to see the hidden meanings behind daily life creating the thesis that through seeing and understanding symbols behind the world people can learn about their own personal legend and live life to the fullest.
“The Alchemist”, is a story of adventure, hope and lesson. As a shepherd, Santiago travels discovering more about himself and his surroundings as he goes. Different decisions and opportunities detour Santiago on his path to his Personal Legend. Qualities fulfill Santiago making all of his aspirations possible, some help him as others devere him from his ultimate goal.
The Alchemist is a famous book written by Paulo Coelho. It’s about a shepherd named Santiago who travels from his homeland Spain to the Pyramids in Egypt. He does this to find a treasure he was told about. Along his hard journey, he meets some people along the way like a gypsy woman and a king in disguise who all direct him towards his quest. He doesn’t let the obstacles stop him toward his goal and eventually he finds his treasure. He found love with a woman in the desert, a treasure chest buried under an old tree in an old abandoned church where he first was, and a lesson learned about how the world and the people surrounding him have affected him in his life. I think the main theme of this story is self-discovery and how it can affect one’s life in the real world.
The Alchemist says that Santiago will “spend the rest of [his] days knowing that [he] didn’t pursue [his] Personal legend, and that now it’s too late” (120). In this line, the Alchemist encourages Santiago to continue to pursue his Personal Legend, instead of giving it up for what he has now. This also informs Santiago that time is limited. If he chooses to abandon his Personal Legend, he will spend the rest of his days like the crystal merchant, pondering what it would be like to fulfill his Personal Legend. The Alchemist explains that the process of pursuing his Personal Legend is more important than any dream that he wants to fulfill. The Alchemist says, “Don’t think about what you have left behind” (123). This implies that other desires should be set aside as a secondary role to one’s Personal Legend. One must be focused and cautious when pursuing their Personal Legend, or one might lose oneself on the