Analysis Of The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

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The Novel was originally written in Portuguese by its Brazilian-born author by the name of Paulo Coelho. He wrote the best-selling novel, The Alchemist sold 65 million copies and is the most translated book in the world by a living author. It has been translated in 56 languages as of September 2012. It was a fiction book and was published on 1988. The original publisher was a small Brazilian publishing house; The Brazilian Publishing Company “Rocco” was the first large publisher to print the book. The American Publisher HarperOne. Coelho wrote The Alchemist in only two weeks in 1987. He explained how he was able to write at this pace because the story was "already written in (his) soul". The basic story of The Alchemist appears in previous…show more content…
He has the dream every time he sleeps under a sycamore tree that grows out of the ruins of a church. Santiago believes that his recurring dream can happen in real life too. So he decided to meet a fortune teller in a nearby town to discover its meaning. The woman interprets his dream and told him that there is a treasure hidden in the Pyramids of Egypt. Early into his journey, he meets a king by the name of Melchizedek, who tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend To do so, he must leave the comfort zone of home, learn to trust the “Soul of the World,”. Everyone, knows what their Personal Legend is when they are young, “ He also adds that "when you want or love something, the whole or the entire universe unite in helping you to achieve it". Santiago then met an Englishman, along the way and continues his travel with him. They pass through the Sahara desert and during his journey, Santiago met a beautiful Arabian woman named Fatima and fell in love with her. He asks her to marry him, but she says she will only marry him after he finds his treasures. He is confused by this, but later he learns that true love will not stop one's Personal…show more content…
He said that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends but not the Personal Legend itself. Santiago had been confused about himself as he listens to the teachings of the Alchemist. The alchemist states, "People who do not know their Personal Legends will fail to understand its teachings". He stated that treasure is more worthy than gold. He also taught Santiago to listen to his heart. Hearts can be treacherous, but the best way to keep them from fooling you is to listen to them intently. Almost to the pyramids, Santiago and the Alchemist were taken prisoner by a tribe. The Alchemist told the tribesmen that Santiago is a powerful magician and can turn himself into a wind. And because of this they were impressed and promised to condone them if Santiago can do it. The problem was Santiago has no idea how he could do it. Santiago had been meditating for three days and he used his knowledge about the Soul of the World to ask the other elements to help him. At first Santiago asked the desert to help him, then he asked for the help of the wind and sun. Finally, Santiago asked the Soul of the World. The wind whips up, and Santiago disappeared and reappeared on the other side of the tribe
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