He guides Santiago towards his Personal Legend and teaches him about the Language of the World and understanding the Soul of the World. They both men on a journey to seek their Personal Legend. Before the two part each other the alchemist tells santiango, “What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.” ( Page) In short, the alchemist explains in order to realize one’s dream one has to make sacrifices and that courage is necessary to decode the “Language of the world”.
Lots of the good characteristics Bilbo gained during the journey are learned from Thorin. This helps us understand how Thorin guides Bilbo to become a hero. Bilbo starts off with as a boring character, but by comparing Thorin and Bilbo together, we will eventually pay more attention to Bilbo as a character. (Connnection between previous sentence and this)Thorin is the perfect model of an ancient hero. He was born into royalty, he is a subject of a prophecy, his parents are long gone, and he is going on a quest, and since the hobbit is set in a world where there’s magic, we assume Thorin is the hero.
His tear falls on a spot in the ground, and his heart tells him that is where his treasure is. “Throughout the night, the boy dug at the place he had chosen, but found nothing...but he didn't stop.” This quote demonstrates his persistence and that he will not quit. He kept pushing through believing his treasure was there, looking for a needle in a hastack. He is then robbed again btu fights back saying he is just looking for a treasure. He is told by one of the ribbers that “I dreamed that I should travel to the fields of Spain and look for a ruined church...if I dug at the roots of a sycamore, I would find a hidden treasure.” This abandoned church is back where the boy started his journey.
I think this is a critical thing when finding self-discovery. An example from the text relating to this is “‘Why do we listen to our hearts’ the boy asked when they made camp that day. ‘Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.’ “The alchemist is trying to tell Santiago that listening to his heart can lead him to what he is destined to find, his treasure. Sometimes we have doubts and feel like trying to pursue our personal legends isn’t worth it. Santiago then tells the alchemist: “My heart is a traitor.
In the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Santiago discovers his personal legend in a recurring dream, where a little boy shows treasures in Egypt and pursues him to go to the pyramids and look for them. Even though Santiago knows that this will be a tough journey since the beginning of his trip, he insisted in following his dream by overcoming test after test in the journey. Using specific demonstration of the helpers throughout the trip, Coelho successfully exemplifies that following one’s Personal Legend can lead to discovering new aspects about oneself and life. To start Santiago’s journey, he meets a wise old king of Salem named Melchizedek as one of the enlighteners and helpers who strengthens Santiago’s belief on following his dream. Melchizedek is introduced as a strange-looking old man that simply wants to talk to the boy about the book he is reading.
The story that the King of Salem told Santiago perfectly exemplifies why patience is so important. In the story, man’s personal legend was finding a precious gem, but he gave up mining if he would have mined one more rock he would have found his gem. If the miner wasn't using patience to keep mining he wouldn't have found his gem and his personal legend would have been over. Patience can be
In this point of the novel, Santiago has completely giving up on his dreams of pursuing his personal legend, however; through the influence of the crystal merchant, which serves as an example of someone who has become blind to pursuing his personal legend, Santiago further develops the motivation and strength he needs to never give up and to always pursue what he desired. For example, One of the most important things Santiago learned from the Crystal Merchant is the importance of following one's heart and their personal legend. The Crystal Merchant was a symbolic message for the consequence of not following one's dreams. It results in one becoming a sheep, or someone who follows monotonous routines. For instance, the Crystal merchant states that, ‘‘Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don't want to do so,’’ which further provokes the idea of cowardness amongst himself.
Its time I tell you about my feeling of unhappiness with my life and the emptiness that I have been feeling within me, not as a king, but as Ulysses, a Trojan war soldier. One of the most important responsibilities of a king is to make sure the commoners of his village are happy. They deserve a king who puts his heart and soul into the well-being of his village. I would be lying if I told you I am destined to be the king of Ithaca for the rest of my life. Even though my physical body is here, my mind always rewinds the memories of my voyage.
After the dream recurs more than once, Santiago decides to consult an old man and an old woman who tells him that his dream is prophetic and that he must abide by its directions. Santiago then decides to pursue his dream and sets off on the venture of a lifetime with a set purpose of finding the fortune hidden near the Egyptian pyramids. In the course of his quest, he meets several people who act as figures that assist him and elevate his experience. As well, he comes into contact with the diversity of human emotions, as he experiences sorrow. Pain.
Fitzgerald’s quote can relate to almost every hero story ever made. In most hero stories, there is some drama which results into the hero going on a journey or quest to prove him/herself. For example in the story Theseus in Edith Hamilton’s edition, a young man must prove to his father that he is his. When the young man grows up he lifts a rock and retrieves the sandals and sword that his father had left for him, and sets out on his journey to find his father. Although, the sandals and sword proved the young man’s origins, the king and his wife were still skeptical about trusting this boy.