Adversity occurs in everyone’s life. The book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho that transpires before technology, about a shepherd named Santiago, who has a dream about a treasure in Egypt. The movie, Good Will Hunting transpires in 1997, about a man named Will who had a horrible childhood but would read to escape the problems of his childhood. As he grew older he turned out a genius but did not want the knowledge he had. When personal legends and goals come into question, adversity will always come right around the corner.
Revelations and transformations are the most important part of the Hero’s Journey. Without it, there’s no lesson learned or progress made. In Count of Monte Cristo, The Odyssey, and The Alchemist, the three heroes have many psychological, behavioral, and physical transformations. They all have different experiences, but learn something and change in the end. Edmond Dantes, Odysseus, and Santiago had profound revelations and transformations in their journeys.
Santiago’s dilemmas signify that he has the freedom of choosing. He understands the fact that he has freedom to take decisions and his decision-making shows that he takes responsibility of his decision. He faces many difficulties but he never looked back, he faced them
In Coelho's novel, Santiago faces many difficult challenges, but because of his courage and perseverance, he is able to face them head on. While in the town of Tarifa, Santiago meets
When Santiago first meets the King of Salem, he is inspiring Santiago to pursue his personal legend. The King says, “In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you” (29). The King, is actually an omen himself. He was put in Santiago’s path so he could start to realize what omens are. If the King had never told Santiago about omens, he would have remained where he is comfortable as a sheep herder. The King of Salem also reminds Santiago that everyone should pursue their personal legends.
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,
To begin with, Santiago displays his fears throughout the book, and these fears are what hinders him from achieving his Personal Legend. Santiago displays an immense terror of failure. During his travels with the Alchemist, Santiago yearns to turn himself into the wind; however, he hesitates in even trying to do so, saying “‘But I have no idea
He is robbed at the beginning of his journey and must work hard to earn back the money he lost. Then, he is able to travel into the desert, facing more peril along the way. This is where he meets the Alchemist, who tells him, “You must not let up, even after coming so far” (113). The wise man teaches him things unknown to most people. With his instruction, Santiago survives his travels in the desert, even while faced with war and threats of death. Before finding his treasure, he must be courageous and clever to survive the desert and the danger that he encounters. This courage enables him to reach the treasure and fulfill his Personal Legend. The determination Santiago exhibits is what allows him to earn his fortune and decide his
Therefore in the Alchemist, the most important thing is personal legend. Everything is based off Santiago’s personal legend, if he wouldn’t of became a shepherd the book wouldn’t be all about him following his personal legend and trying to figure out what his was. Santiago has to figure out a bunch of new things that lend his to his personal
Santiago is a young boy who yearns for adventure and purpose in his life.from a young age he knows he wants to see the world and becomes a shepherd to experience new places. Santiago still struggles to find meaning and purpose throughout his many years of travel though. It's not until he goes on the journey to follow his personal legend that he truly develops as a character. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, challenges readers to acknowledge their self-worth and realize they are strongest when they love themselves.
He is constantly slammed with adversity, he gets a job at the crystal shop after losing his money. ““I can clean up those glasses in the window, if you want,” said the boy. … “you did not have to do any cleaning,” he (the shopkeeper) said. “Koran requires me to feed a hungry person.” … “Do you want to go to work for me” the merchant asked.” (Coelho 45 5, Coelho 46 4 9) When santiago losses his money he does not give up he learns and finds a man to help in exchange for food and in the end gets a job that he can do while learning the language of the locals, finding a way to egypt and developing his identity. This job allows him to make money and the strength to carry on in his journey. Later on in his journey he is faced even greater adversity and the same thing happens he is dejected and lost but picks himself up and preservers. “ “he is going to transform himself into the wind, just to demonstrate his powers. If he cant we humbly offer our lives for the honor of the tribe.” … The boy was shaking with fear, but the alchemist helped him out of the tent. … the alchemist continued, “usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.”” (Coelho 140 6 8, Coelho 142 2) Just like before Santiago is afraid and doesn't know what to do in a situation of adversity. But he does not give up he perseveres and developes
There are many foreshadowing events which develop in the story before the death of Santiago. The murder is avoidable, but nobody stops it from happening. The dream, the weather, and nature all foreshadow Santiago 's death. The instance of foreshadowing at the beginning of the story is Santiago’s dream. Marquez writes that “The week before, he 'd dreamed that he was alone in a tinfoil airplane and flying through the almond trees without bumping into anything” (Marquez 1). The dream harbors the event of Santiago 's death because he always dreamed of the trees and his own body covered with bird feces. When he
His father asks why he would want to leave while several people come to Spain and find it a special place. “These people when they see our land say that they would like to stay here forever” (9). This thought reoccurs later on when Santiago reaches the pyramid. Refugees of the tribal wars beat him up. After, one tells Santiago he had a dream at the exact spot that they found him of a treasure buried in Spain, and describes the church and sycamore tree from Santiago’s days as a shepherd. The attacker says he isn’t stupid enough to pursue it. Immediately, Santiago “knew where to find his treasure” (163). All along, his treasure was to be found right at home verifying his father’s statement and allusion that home is always a
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 first suggestion that Santiago is going to be killed is the very first sentence of the novel, “On the day they were going to kill him.” The word “they” suggests that not solely one individual will kill him but several. This is an astute technique used to discover how and why