Santiago has an epiphany when he realizes that if you never change and take risks you will never move forward. He wants to find his “personal legend,” or true desire, and to obtain this he needs to change his own nature. He must be willing to give up whatever is necessary to achieve this goal, including freedom. On Santiago’s journey he becomes employed by a crystal merchant that never achieved his personal legend. The merchant resisted change and never accomplished his dreams.
When realizing a dream, one often comes face to face with the fear of failure. This fear pressures the individual into conforming in a variety of ways. One may perceive conformity as an asset that helps an individual to pursue his dream; however, conformity is, in actual, a setback that “convinces [individuals] that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend” (21). One character that displays this fear in The Alchemist is the crystal merchant. Unlike most individuals, the crystal merchant does not fear that he, himself, will fail to pursue his dream, rather, he fears that his dream of “go[ing] to Mecca” (54) will fail him instead.
The mentor ‘The Alchemist” helps Santiago connect to the soul of the world and teaches his how to communicate and read the world around his heart. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’’(40). Santiago's has difficulty when obtaining different challenges through the villages and has been thought that personal legends would mostly listen to their heart if he really wants to have the treasure in his hands. In this stage it showed how Santiago was effected from choosing a harder goal but working to obtain
When Macbeth is prophesied to be king he strongly believes it but, as he was close to dying, he chooses to not fear death or the prophecies for any longer. William Ernest Henley on the other hand, presents himself as unafraid of fate, throughout the poem since he does not believe in it and claims he has an “unconquerable soul”(Henley 4). Through these texts, the authors propose that actions are caused by motivation, everyone handles challenges differently, and that struggles or rewards are given through someone else’s free will. Though fate may be implicated from time to time in these texts, one’s ultimate decisions made them who they are and what they
Huck Finn is still relevant today in the fact that it has a very important life lesson that everyone should know. On his adventure Huck learned not to follow the rest of society and to do what he thought was right. When Huck decided not to turn Jim in he was so torn about what to do. Of course the answer is obvious for most of us that no he should not turn Jim in however, Huck was raised in a society that pressured him to thinking that he should turn him in. Even while having been raised in this type of racist environment Huck realized he didn’t care what the “sivilized” people thought and he wanted to help Jim.
This leads to the conclusion that Chris could not conquer the wild on his own especially with the skill set that he had. When he wanted to live outside, he wanted to abandon the life that he had during the time he spent in civilization. Although his goal was to get a life that was more fulfilling, he was willing to reach his goals by risking his lie just to get excitement and danger. His experience had changed his mind even though he thought being alone was his key to
Blindly loving someone means to sacrifice for Michael Smith in the novel. Whether it pushes him to commit a crime, if it does well on someone who he loves, he decides to risk everything that he can. Although under the special circumstances he is placed, he struggles with his inability to express his feeling. He compensates with his artistic talents, but his talents and the forbidden love is revealed, it miserably misleads him to give up his normal life, and he recognizes the painfulness of loving someone being unrequited. Michael distinguishes himself with other by his special circumstances.
This is illuminated when the Alchemist says, “‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure’” (141). This particular moment shows that even though Santiago has both the ability and the knowledge to achieve his dream, it is impossible to attain it if he fears even attempting to reach it. Consequently, this fear acts as his enemy and a barrier that stands in the way of the meaningful and happy life he is destined to accomplish. Furthermore, another one of his fears is the fear of losing what he believes he has already earned. ”He reminded himself that he had been a shepherd and that he could be a shepherd again.
He was upset by the display, and only continued to become more reluctant to join the ghost as memories of his ex-fiance were seen. This situation, was written with purpose - to enable Scrooge to change his ways and reflect back on his past, in order to be ‘saved’ on future. If it was not for the ghost, Scrooge wouldn’t have revisited this scenario, and hence there would have been no impact on his future actions. Although, the loss of Belle was a key component in the way that Scrooge viewed himself, both back then and in the present. Belle had mentioned that he ‘was another man’ when they first met, although Scrooge was too blind to notice his actions.
An example of this is when in the play he is trying to save his people, but makes it clear that he must know who his true self is before doing so. Additionally, he doesn’t even realize that he is a murderer, which exemplifies the fact that he does not know his true self. If he knew his true self, he would not act as he has not done anything wrong. These specific examples show that determination is the classic example of a man whose central problem is that he does not know himself. Additionally, hubris can be translated as excessive pride.
In the book the Alchemist (by Paulo Coelho) Santiago learns many things along the way to achieving his personal legend. He gained skills and experience in things across the board, from how to clean crystals, to the 5 obligations of Muslims, to the basics of alchemy. Santiago learns from the wise, and educated, but also learns the meaning of a true friendship. Overall it is true that reaching one 's personal legend is life 's greatest treasure, but often the journey is just as valuable. During his journey, Santiago receives knowledge that he treasures and uses on his behalf when he hopes to achieve his personal legend.
When McCandless returned home his parents expressed their fears about his dangerous, daunting trips. Although he knew the dangerous situations he was putting himself through, he didn’t want to back down to his parents, “he wanted to prove to himself that he could make it on his own, without anybody else’s help” (178). He was tired of being babied by his parents, he wanted to show them that he was no longer a boy, but a man. McCandless’ refusal of his parent’s loving advice therefore proves that he wished to be his own person, stating the actions of his trip into the wild as being sane, and a product of independence.
Fear of failure is the second greatest barrier that Santiago has confronted while trying to fulfill his personal legend. “My heart is afraid that it will have suffer,” (134). In different parts of the novel, Santiago is confronted with his own fear, He was concern that things will not go according to how he had intended them to happen. In the first place, there is no indecision when it comes to pursuing a personal legend, instead the one must be bravery enough to overcome all the difficulties they might have to deal with along the path. “If a person is living out his personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know.
The alchemist mainly functioned as a teacher to Santiago, though he often spoke in riddles and expected Santiago to learn more through experience than through verbal instructions. The alchemist’s wisdom connects Santiago to the soul of the world. This connection provides his supernatural abilities and allows him to guide Santiago on his own quest to understand the Soul of the world. Santiago through the alchemist’s teachings, he learned to read and communicate with the world around him. Ultimately, leading him to the treasure he seeks and to his own supernatural abilities.
People throughout history, and present, live in fear of judgment. They believe that their self-worth lies in the hands of other people. The fear of judgement restricts them from reaching their full capacity and potential. It molds them into what their discouraging peers want them to be. Theodore Roosevelt stressed the importance of not concerning himself of what others thought of his choices.