Personal Journey In The Alchemist

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The book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is about a boy named Santiago and his journey to achieve his personal legend. Santiago meets many people during his journey including a palm reader, old man, thief, crystal merchant, girl, and an alchemist. As he travels to achieve on his journey he has to overcome many obstacles and travel a great distance. As he meets people and overcomes obstacles he learns things that he need to learn to achieve his personal legend. Paulo Coelho uses the charters Santiago, the crystal merchant, the Englishmen and Fatima to explore the theme of a dream can come true if one never gives up on pursuing it.

One of the characters that Paulo Coelho uses to develop the them is Santiago. In the book after Santiago works for the crystal merchant for a year to earn money to go back to Spain and by more sheep as he tries to convince himself that he is making the right decision the text says “’But I’m going back to the fields that I know, to take care of my flock again.” He said to himself with certainty, but he was no longer happy with his decision. He had worked for an entire year to make a dream come true, and that dream, minute by minute, was becoming less important. Maybe because that wasn’t really his dream.”(pg.66) In that quote you see that he is trying to convince himself that he made the right decision and that he worked all year to achieve his dream but is starting to realize that
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They show what happens if you do pursue your dream and what happens if you give up on pursuing your dream. They show and explain that it might be hard to pursue you dream and the road will probably be filled with obstacles, but if you give up your dream will never come true. Throughout the whole book you can see the theme that a dream can come true if one never gives up on pursuing
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