Wisdom is a trait many people desire, but wisdom is gained through self-experience and cannot be taught. In the novel, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse the protagonist Siddhartha identifies he can only learn from himself, when he converses with Gotama and discovers his teachings have flaws. “You have learned nothing through teachings, and so I think, O Illustrious One, that nobody finds salvation through teachings. (Hesse 27)” This is the pivotal moment for Siddhartha, from this moment forward, he knows to follow his own path in order to achieve Nirvana. Siddhartha discovers his inner peace when he goes through diverse experiences, and gains wisdom.
A personal legend is not just the result found at the end of Santiago's life. It’s more than simply reaching final destination. Santiago personal legend is achieved when he completes what he is doing. “It’s true that everything has it’s personal legend ,but one day that personal legend will be realized ,so each thing has to transform itself into something better ,and to acquire a new personal legend, until someday, the soul of the world becomes one only thing.” During the whole story Santiago is trying to find his personal legend, he is trying to find his purpose in life. Therefore in the Alchemist, the most important thing is personal legend.
His pride has cost him the ability to stay in one place. His slothfulness has lost him the luxury of living a normal life. “The secrets of alchemy are the secrets of God, who does not wish for man to achieve the Philosopher’s Stone. And any man who seeks the contrary of God’s will shall certainly not thrive (Rossignol 39).” The Yeoman said this statement to show that if someone pursues alchemy for self-centered reasons, they will fail
Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. The search for freedom is exemplified in Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. One of the main protagonists, Macon has the ideology suggesting freedom relies on materialistic values. He teaches this idea to his son Milkman (the other protagonist), in which he learns throughout his encounters of life, that his father’s ideology of money being freedom is not what brings a prosperous life but himself going on his own journey experiencing his own enlightenment on life, so that he may have a personal understanding of freedom. Thus, the validity of “money is freedom” is not valid, due to understanding freedom can be subjective.
One specific example is when Theseus was preoccupied with other things he forgot to change the color of the sail, which would let his father know he was ok and because of this carelessness it caused the death of his father. It’s these morals and lessons that act as building blocks or pillars that aid ancient civilizations and allow them to thrive. “The
The author wants people to know that sometimes fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself. During parts of Santiago’s journey he was scared to move forward, his journey could have been much easier without the fears of traveling to the unknown and losing Fatima. Santiago’s journey not only fulfilled his personal legend, but it literally let him follow his dreams. The boy dreamt about his treasure and with the journey he made his dreams become a reality. The book tells its readers to never give up and to ignore the voice of fear as it pertains to an individual’s
The first one is internal because his desire was to see what is in the Place of Gods and his fear of what will happen to him if he goes there. The second one is external conflict because it is real or imagined outside threats. This means that he had to deal with any threats that were in his way traveling to the East and to see if they were real or not because the people from the village said there were demons and spirits all around. The tone and mood are different from “By the Waters of Babylon” if you read it yourself you will see the differences. The mood is reflexive and calm because there are no actions happening it seems almost like passive by the way the story is told there is no part where it is suspenseful.
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
After mastering the words of the holy books from a young age, Siddhartha believed he could no longer learn anything else useful from them as he understood as much as they could offer. Proving his determination to attain enlightenment, Siddhartha set out from his childhood home thirsty for knowledge and on a path towards his eventual enlightenment. When Siddhartha left home, he went with his best friend Govinda, whom looked up to Siddhartha pseudo-religiously with the goal of joining the Samanas, a group of wandering nomads who live an ascetic lifestyle. This lifestyle requires the individual to only live on what 's absolutely necessary with the intent to live as empty of a life as possible. This leaves no room for any of life’s distractions such as: cooking food before consuming, pleasures of the preferred sex, wearing anything more than a loincloth, etc.
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.