Examples Of Literary Devices In The Alchemist

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“The Alchemist” is a novel written by Paulo Coelho in 1988. Regarded as a Coelho’s best novel, it captures the elixir of life through the view of a sanguine Spanish Shepard. Set in a forsaken church in Spain at night; the young Shepard Santiago tastes the exquisite sensation of a compelling dream. He dreams that a young lady tells him about a hidden treasure near the Egyptian pyramids. After the dream recurs more than once, Santiago decides to consult an old man and an old woman who tells him that his dream is prophetic and that he must abide by its directions. Santiago then decides to pursue his dream and sets off on the venture of a lifetime with a set purpose of finding the fortune hidden near the Egyptian pyramids. In the course of his quest, he meets several people who act as figures that assist him and elevate his experience. As well, he comes into contact with the diversity of human emotions, as he experiences sorrow. Pain. Elation. Agitation. Love… In addition, he learns about the mechanism of the universe and the earth’s way of sending out signals to communicate with us and help us through our difficulties and troubles. Regarding a linguistic aspect, the writer exploited language as a tool to create an effect. Moreover, he was very selective and made extensive use of literary devices. Examples of these literary devices include alliteration, similes, metaphors, and personification. Alliteration is when words are used in swift sequence and begin with letters that
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