They all helped in different unique ways and each person set the stage for the next person. The gypsy woman encouraged him to follow his dream which led him to the merchant who gave him food, shelter, clothing, and taught him that he was not going to be happy never knowing what may have happened if he followed his dream. Next, the Englishman showed santiago they had a common goal of discovering ones personal legend. Finally, Fatima was santiagos true love and he wanted to give up his legen and stay with her but she wanted him to discover his personal legend and then come back to her when he was done and happy. He found the treasure and discovered the true meaning of why he went on the long journey he did and was going to return to Fatima.
And because of this they were impressed and promised to condone them if Santiago can do it. The problem was Santiago has no idea how he could do it. Santiago had been meditating for three days and he used his knowledge about the Soul of the World to ask the other elements to help him. At first Santiago asked the desert to help him, then he asked for the help of the wind and sun. Finally, Santiago asked the Soul of the World.
I know others better.” “Que va,” the boy says, “There are many good fishermen and some great ones, but there is only you.” “Thank you. You make me happy. I hope no fish will come along so great that he will prove us wrong.” (23) With that said, Santiago’s determination is the only reason that he is able to catch any fish. Also, he decides to not only ignore opportunities to boast his fishing skill, proving that he is above the common man trying to alleviate insecurities through bragging, but rather constantly displays a sense of humbleness and integrity. In conclusion, the sea is symbolic of the entire world in “Old Man and The Sea”, and Santiago barely even touched the water and learned so much, while teaching others even more.
The universe is always trying to help us on our journey with little sign so that one can choose the best path headed in a positive direction. These sign are unseen and display willingness to believe in the spiritual guides within us. In The Alchemist , god has created the dream for Santiago with the help of which he took the right
Before leaving one of the men tell Santiago of his own dream. It concerns a treasure buried in an abandoned church in Spain where a sycamore tree grows. The church is the same one in which Santiago had his original dream, and he finally understands where his treasure is. He returns to Spain to find a chest of jewels and gold buried under the tree, and plans to return with it to Al-Fayoum,
In the book, the main character Santiago initially starts thinking that he would have still reached his goal without having to had give up his sheeps and going on a long journey. However, he realizes at the end that without the long travelled journey, he would have never met the love of his life, never would have understood the meanings of omens and signs, never would have met the alchemist, and would have also never seen the pyramids. This is something I, myself have also realized since I left my job to finally start a path of my own and I hold this value to my core. Having set a path of my own finally recently, while I believe having goals are important, I also would not have traded my experiences and processes over the past year. Without going through the process, not only would I not know how to start my own business, but I would also not have been able to meet the person I ended up marrying to, not have been able to rekindle relationships with family and friends, and not understand the feeling of immense gratitude and sense of achievement I do now with building new products I care about from scratch and watching them benefit other people’s lives.
Santiago’s perception of treasure has transcended the physical and now he has respect for the treasure of home, knowledge and love. While Santiago originally sets out for his treasure of material riches, the treasure he values most has been transformed to that of knowledge and love along his journey. The theme of treasure appears early on in the story and inspires Santiago’s journey. One night while herding his flock, he dreams that there is buried treasure waiting for him at the pyramids of Egypt. After seeking advice from a gypsy who interprets his dream, she again confirms that at the pyramids of Egypt, “there you will find your treasure” (14).
The Alchemist, a fable about following your dream, Paulo Coelho in his selected work The Alchemist, works on the concept of self-exploration. The Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho which throws light on how a person will power, determination, positive attitude, sacrifices lead to his destination or his dream. The Alchemist was first published in 1988; this novel was a great achievement for Paulo Coelho. Originally it was write in Portugess, than it got translated into 72 languages and become one of the bestselling books in history and make Guinness world record for most translated book over 72 languages by a living author. Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world.
Searching for Identity in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and The Fifth Mountain The 20th century was an era of utmost chaos and confusion. The aftershocks of both the World Wars and independence struggles have been such that the political and religious foundations of the entire world have been shaken up. As a consequence the battle which was once fought at the war front is now being fought within the psyche of each isolated modern individual. Individuality is the unique selling proposition of the modern society and to have individuality it is crucial to have an identity first. This paper deals with the two works of Paulo Coelho, namely The Alchemist and The Fifth Mountain because they not only bring forth the conflict between the individual
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”.