Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago a Shepard whose life changes once he finds out about a treasure from his frequent dreams and meets a strange man who helps him to start his personal legend. On Santiago’s journey he starts to see the hidden meanings behind daily life creating the thesis that through seeing and understanding symbols behind the world people can learn about their own personal legend and live life to the fullest. Santiago’s life starts out all about his sheep, he chose to be a shepherd, so he could travel and meet new people. Santiago’s job is to take care of the sheep, but the sheep have more meaning in the story. The sheep represent how he is comfortable in his life and how he is questioning his frequent dream, to sacrifice his comfortable life to find this treasure or to continue without taking the risk. “Here I am between my flock and my treasure, the boy thought. He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.” (30) Santiago must realize that it is he that is holding him back and to take the risk. Once Santiago found out about the term personal legend he will take the risk. “There was nothing to hold him back except himself. The sheep, the merchant’s daughter, and the …show more content…
Santiago’s last step to completing his personal legend was walking through the desert, to find his treasure and completing it. Thus, showing the symbols and meanings behind these little puzzle pieces in the journey and being rewarded with love and treasure helping to support my thesis, through seeing and understanding symbols behind the world people can learn about their own personal legend and live life to the
These hurdles did not stop him from continuing his mission; on the contrary, they were all, for Santiago, life lessons and experiences. Along his journey, Santiago meets many mentors, teachers and helpers. Each emerges into his life for a cause, whether it is
An English drummer named Michael Lee once said, “Follow your heart and happiness will follow.” This is what Santiago experiences throughout his journey in The Alchemist when he finds his treasure. In the novel, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, Santiago learns, “Remember where your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” First, Santiago finds that he should listen to his heart instead of running away from it. Second, Santiago realizes that by listening to his heart he will come to find his treasure.
People affect other people and their journey through life. Santiago met many people who all affected his journey and his Personal Legend. Without the people he met, he would’ve never had found his treasure, which he was looking for the entire story. The Gypsy, Melchizedek, and the alchemist all greatly impacted Santiago in the novel, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Santiago’s journey to find his treasure began because of the Gypsy.
For instance, within "The Alchemist", Santiago, who had always been a shepherd all his life, was approached by a king who promised Santiago that he'd "help him find the hidden treasure by the Pyramids of Egypt" if he traveled to the Pyramids of Egypt. Santiago was reluctant to accept this journey because not only did it sound dangerous, but is also meant a change in his daily lifestyle that would open his heart to the unknowns of the world
While at the Oasis of Al-Fayoum, the elder chieftain of the oasis tells Santiago the story of Joseph of Egypt. Joseph was enslaved for being a dreamer, but he persevered and managed to become an important counselor to the Pharaoh of Egypt. This Personal Legend could have suited Santiago because of his connection to the Soul of the World. The Soul of the World is a spiritual unity that binds all forms of nature together. Santiago knew he wanted to follow his dreams; it was helpful when he learned that “When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it” because he knew he was now destined to complete his goal, and not somebody else’s (Coelho 64).
Paulo Coelho puts a vivid image in the reader's mine by incorporating actual places, writing a breathing taking storyline, and a simple writing skill that will inspire readers to dream big and shoot for the stars. The setting in this story is so well described that the reader can picture themselves in the fields of Andalusia, see themselves walking through the villages, and almost feel the overbearing heat of the Sahara sun, sand, and wind. The author allows the reader to travel as if there were there with Santiago through the inspirational story, The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho shows symbolization through the sycamore tree. He puts Santiago there at the beginning, so he can initially bring him running back there in the end.
In the extraordinary book " The Alchemist" Santiago searches for a hidden treasure but fulfills his Personal Legend as well. A Personal Legend is your life's spiritual purpose. It's a calling that awakens a deep desire and passion to live with a sense of purpose for something greater than yourself. It's ones destiny, our purpose in life and pursuing that purpose. Santiago must decide what he will make of his life.
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. Everything is based off Santiago’s personal legend, if he wouldn’t of became a shepherd the book wouldn’t be all about him following his personal legend and trying to figure out what his was. Santiago has to figure out a bunch of new things that lend his to his personal
As Ban Ki Moon once stated; “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for a better future.” All migration accomplished by mankind has followed a consistent pattern of looking for a better living. In Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, we can see this similarity. Migration is greatly influenced by geography. Human Geography is the study of the interaction between human beings and their surrounding environment.
While Santiago was on the quest to find his Personal Legend, he began to forge a close relationship with a caravan driver that was taking him to an oasis. The caravan driver did not look like much, but he had proven to be a very wise man that has much wisdom to offer. During their voyage, tribe wars had begun to take place and everyone seemed to be worried about it except for this driver. Santiago had asked why this was so, and the caravan driver had responded that he does not think about the past, and he does not worry about the future. Instead, he only thinks about what is happening right in front of him and that by doing so he had found the key to his happiness.
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it." (43). Santiago is discovering that in order to pursue his personal legend that he will need to expand his knowledge about the world. Finally, Santiago’s knowledge evolves and as a result he Santiago grows into a wise man. To conclude, the boy understands the value of the advice from the old king.
There are many instances of failure and struggle in The Old Man and the Sea that are highlighted by Ernest Hemmingway which allows the reader to characterize and understand the circumstances and background of the “old man”, Santiago. The happenings and events of the text can be broadly classified into these two themes. From the beginning of the novel, various symbols were used to highlight defeat or failure, one being the sail of the skiff which the Old Man owned that appears to be the “flag of permanent defeat.” A further instance that emphasizes failure in this text is the Old Man’s inability to catch a fish for 84 days. These two examples of situations from the text allow the reader to understand the extent of defeat and failure the
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.
Santiago is a man that is trying to become a shepherd. He has sixty sheep that he has to care for and watch. Santiago went on his journey so that he could shear his sheep. When he was traveling he ran into a man who was trying to sell crystals.
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).