Fate In The Alchemist And The Power Of Myth

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Find Yourself, Find Your Fate “What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.” -Henry David Thoreau This quote betrays truth in the message of confidence determining one’s future and fate. Believing in oneself sparks assurance in following many dreams and reaching the highest potential possible. In The Alchemist and The Power of Myth, Paulo Coelho and Joseph Campbell, the authors, recommend following beliefs in order to live life to the fullest, whether it is in personal legends or bliss. Both Coelho and Campbell’s books along with Thoreau’s quote exhibit the possibility of having the confidence to take control of fate and make it equivalent to one’s dreams. Friends, acquaintances, and even strangers arise to aid one in gaining confidence along the journey to fulfillment. Santiago, the main character from The Alchemist, heavy-heartedly explains to Fatima that he must go into the desert in order to follow his personal legend. She responds, “Before this, I always looked to the desert with longing … Now it will be with hope” (Coelho 126). This gives Santiago the confidence that he needs in his true love believing that he will return safely. Also in The Alchemist, the wise alchemist himself grants Santiago confidence when, after all he has done for Santiago, leaves him to finish his journey…show more content…
Along the journey to fulfillment, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers emerge to assist one in gaining confidence. Likewise, nature may show the way through many forms accompanying one’s exploit. Lastly, nothing should ever block one from pursuing the dreams that inspire them through the endeavor of life. All over, individuals are following what they believe in and chasing after their dreams. Maybe readers will be able to do the same. Challenge
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