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”.
The author finally agrees to do the task but insists on getting to know the real Albert Lewis, the man behind the robes. Theirs is a relationship of trust, love, and faith, as Albom asks the hard questions; the rabbi, always a teacher, gives truthful and insightful answers. Sometimes he does not know the “right” answers, but he shares his view of living out his faith. One of my favorite’s lines from
The book's main theme is about discovery of someone's fate. The Alchemist is "more self-help than literature." An old man tells to Santiago that, "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will unite so that your wish comes true." This is the main philosophy of the novel and a theme that plays all during Coelho's writing in ‘The Alchemist’. The change in this book is that we should never give up in order to achieve our dreams.
His father was a religious leader, an esteemed member of the community, so it was only logical that Siddhartha to follow in the footsteps of his father. However, Siddhartha felt as if he was missing something, that he had not discovered the true meaning of life and was dissatisfied with the ritualistic religious upbringing of his youth. That he was not his own person, they he was lost within the crowd following predetermined rituals and goals set for himself. That everything he knows and has been taught are simply a matter of custom, rather then a path to lead to true enlightenment. With the permission of his father, Siddhartha leaves home with his companion Govinda in order to seek out his inner ambition.
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.
Throughout the book, he grows and matures, and also develops spiritually, especially after he encounters the Alchemist who helps him look deeper within himself and the environment surrounding him – “The world speaks many languages, the boy thought” Towards the end of the novel, Santiago learns to form a connection with the sun, the wind and the Hand that wrote All (which is God or Allah), all with the help of the Alchemist. The Alchemist – is the character from the novel’s title. This man is said to be 200 years old, is mysterious, very clever as well as wise. He is an alchemy practitioner and also teaches Santiago about listening to his heart and also to understand the Soul of the World on their journey to the pyramids – “That at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest
The decision was difficult as both options don’t provide him a steady choice. As being a shepherd does not promise him to be with the merchant daughter and for finding a treasure he need to give up his well settled life. But at the end he chose to find treasure as it allows him to purse his personal legend or dram of travelling throughout the world. He always considers his choice before taking a decision this can be seen through this conversation of Santiago with himself, “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.
Richard Mayhew starts off his journey as an average person. In the aspect of the Hero’s Journey, Richard Mayhew is an example of the “reluctant hero”. He at first wants no part of London Below but as he is a good-natured person, he could not just leave her to die. Who is her? He starts his quest only after he realizes he has no other choice, it was the only way to get his life back.
Religious elements run rampant in many of the most classic novels. However, the importance of religion cannot be understated in some of the lesser known novels as in Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country. Paton’s novel follows the spiritual journey of Stephen Kumalo, a priest who undergoes a dramatic transformation because of his spirituality. Kumalo’s journey is best understood in the context of the people, events, and attitudes related to his journey, and the stark difference between the Kumalo at the end of the story and the character introduced at the beginning. The people Kumalo encounters are particularly influential in his spiritual journey.
A value that tells one to stand up for their beliefs. Creon also teaches us a very important value in this novel. Toward the end of the play the chorus ays, “ of happiness for the greatest part is wisdom, and reverence toward the gods. Proud words of the arrogant man, in the end, meet punishment, great as his pride was great till at last he is schooled in wisdom”( page 45 1350). To reach Creon’s lesson he had was stubborn in the beginning of the novel then he listen to the people but he was too late and then he finally, gain wisdom through experience.