How Does Santiago Overcome Fear In The Alchemist

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In the novel “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho there is a young shepherd named Santiago who is in search for his personal legend. Santiago’s personal legend is to find the treasure at the pyramids. Throughout his journey, there are a lot of emotions especially the emotion fear. Santiago encountered a lot of challenges like crossing the desert, being in a war and turning himself into the wind. He learned the different levels of fear; fearing fear, being in fear, and overcoming fear. In the end, he overcomes the fear, challenges, and tasks to reveal his treasure. The definition of fear is an emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. Santiago was fearful of fear when he was crossing the desert, not knowing if their caravan was going to get stuck in the middle of a battle or if they were …show more content…

When Santiago was walking in the desert he saw two hawks fighting. He saw it as an omen (something that is believed to be a sign or warning of something that will happen in the future) that a tribe will attack the oasis. He notified the chief who said, “for every ten dead men among our enemies, you will receive a piece of gold” (Coelho 111). He said that he will give out guns for a day, and at night he will take them back. The chief said, “If at least one of them hasn’t been used by the end of the day tomorrow, one will be used on you” (Coelho 111). Santiago was in fear that there wasn’t a war coming and that he might die. Later in the book Santiago was asked to turn himself into the wind. The Alchemist said “He is going to transform himself into the wind, just to demonstrate his powers. If he can’t do so we humbly offer you our lives, for the honor of your tribe” (Coelho 144) Santiago felt very pressured but he didn’t fear to die this time because he knew that the universe was going to help him. Santiago overcame the fear of dying and turned himself into the

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