In the beginning of the text, Malachi Constant presents himself as a man who was wholeheartedly devoted to the pursuit of wealth and success, seeking the higher guidance of an unverified god to attain the materialistic ideals of the world around him: “Constant found his memory stuffed with rumpled, overexposed snapshots of all the women he had... with testimonials that attributed to him virtues and strengths that only three billion dollars could have”(16). Constant’s focus on achieving society’s expectations directly lead to his insecurities as a man who appears to be an ocean in terms of monetary and physical assets, but only an inch deep in terms of character and morals, revealing the compromise he had to make in order to maintain his “good fortune” due to society’s reverence for material wealth. At the same time, this introspection reveals the inability of physical pleasure and riches to satisfy the true desires of the soul (in Constant’s case, self assurance, respect, and love), highlighting a flaw of society’s materialistic
When he met Lord Henry, his eyes were opened and he was sure that it was his way to freedom for his desires. When they met, Henry says “You, Mr. Gray... with your rose-red youth... and ... boyhood ... you have had passions that have made you afraid... nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul”(Wilde, 25-26). Because of his desires, Dorian was influenced by Henry and he decided to follow his bodily desires because Henry made it clear to him that if he does not, his soul will be sick. Henry’s influence on Dorian was immense; in fact, he became an echo of Henry and followed every bit of what he said in order to satisfy his
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” Paulo Coelho. Within The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Santiago, the protagonist goes on an adventure with a specific goal, and while this goal may be important, the story reveals the truth of Le Guin's statement that in the end it’s the journey that matters the most. After reading The Alchemist and consulting Campbell's Monomyth, while most may believe that the call to adventure was the most important part of Santiago’s journey, in actuality the initiation was the most important part of Santiago’s journey as it provided many obstacles and lessons for him along his way. The Initiation is the part of a hero’s journey where there will is tested and in Santiago’s case this is the most important part of his journey. As Santiago begins his journey he is faced with a road of trials and these challenges such as; how he would cross the desert or when he got robbed serve to test the hero's will, as doing so would make sure that the hero doesn’t give up and also makes sure that the hero learns a lesson and how the hero overcomes these trials helps
In the book The Alchemist, it is said that to lead a satisfying life you must first complete your personal legend. Before Santiago met Melchizedek (King of Salem) he did not know what a personal legend was. Melchizedek said it is what you have always wanted to accomplish (Coelho 23). Throughout the book, Santiago was pursuing his personal legend and overcoming many obstacles like losing all of his money, working as a crystal merchant, crossing the desert and turning himself into the
Santiago, Melchizedek, the Englishman, and the Alchemist himself play a very big role in the novel, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Santiago begins to have a reoccurring dream about going after his personal legend and going to the pyramids to find treasure. He goes to a gypsy to help interpret his dream more in depth. As she convinces him to follow his personal legend he meets an old man by the name of Melchizedek who is the king of Salem and pushes him to go after his dream and also gives him two stones that help him read omens. After he begins his journey to find his personal legend he gets robbed and works for a crystal merchant for a year.
It drives us to not just get through life but to also to, live it to the fullest. We need hope. Without it, being able to fight through the difficulties of life would be impossible. In All the Light We Cannot See, a novel by Anthony Doerr, we see multiple examples of how important hope is through the main characters, Marie-Laure and Werner Pfennig. Because hope is so powerful, we must have hope in tough times.
II. A leader is characteristically defined by their willingness to depart from selfish pleasures and act instead with the interests of the greater good in mind. As an epic hero, the son of the prince Anchises and the goddess Venus (Aphrodite), Aeneas’s objectives are no less than greatness. Yet, even with the interference and guidance of the gods Aeneas is still very much a man, and just like a man he is tempted by mortal desires; seduced by the wilds of womankind. Perhaps the most noticeable sacrifice made during his voyage is the romantic affair that takes place between himself and Dido of Carthage.
Despite his men insisting on raiding the unprotected cave of its loot and leaving the island, Odysseus decided to wait for Polyphemus, the giant to whom the loot belonged, in hopes of receiving a welcoming gift. “But I would not give way – and how much better it would have been – not till I saw him, saw what gifts he’d give” (9.256-259). Odysseus understands that returning home with more gifts will help deliver to him the glory he so desires. As a result, he seeks any opportunity, dangerous as it may be, in order to receive more gifts. This is problematic, since Odysseus does not always realizes when the risks outweigh the benefits.
It takes strength to avoid conformity, or being like everyone else, in order to be the best person you can possibly be. Live each day with courage and fight for things that are important to you, don’t let conformity, or fear take over your life. Courage is a special ideology that only few can comprehend, but most should take the chance to understand how important living each day with courage can be to make the greatest version of
1.) Identify a fear that has prevented you from achieving the desired goal. Discuss a time where you overcame a fear that led to growth or success. My biggest fear has been my anxiety and fear of failure. No matter where I would go or what I would do I had to overcome that anxiety just, so I could open that front door and go outside.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is an intriguing novel that gives the reader wisdom and life lessons that would be beneficial to them throughout their life journey. Coelho displayed that particular wisdom and lessons through a young shepherd boy named Santiago. Santiago ventured out on a quest to find his dream, the treasure. Along the way Coelho placed certain people in Santiago’s path to give him wisdom and life lessons to help him find the foreseeable treasure that occurred in his dream. Throughout Santiago voyage he gathered at least five valuable lessons to help him succeed in perusing his dream of finding the treasure that was near the pyramids, located in Egypt.