He was pushed into it by the old gypsy. “You must go to the Pyramids in Egypt...there you will find a treasure that will make you a rich man” (pg 14). At first the young shepherd is very hesitant at this idea, he believes the lady is crazy and wrong about his future. Eventually he does decide to pursue his treasure. Santiago’s life changes drastically especially his daily routine, his comfort zone, is forever changed.
At the end of his journey, however he is beaten down both mentally and physically. In Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea, the author uses turtles as a symbol for Santiago and his tragedy. At the beginning of the novel, Santiago talks about turtles as beautiful creatures which highlights his emotional health and positive connection to nature at the start of his journey. As Santiago rows his boat far out of the harbor he spots a green turtle, “He loved green turtles and their hawk-bills with their elegance and speed” (Hemingway 36). Santiago’s description of the turtles’ elegance and speed is symbolic of his optimism and strength.
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
After the dream recurs more than once, Santiago decides to consult an old man and an old woman who tells him that his dream is prophetic and that he must abide by its directions. Santiago then decides to pursue his dream and sets off on the venture of a lifetime with a set purpose of finding the fortune hidden near the Egyptian pyramids. In the course of his
I think this is a critical thing when finding self-discovery. An example from the text relating to this is “‘Why do we listen to our hearts’ the boy asked when they made camp that day. ‘Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.’ “The alchemist is trying to tell Santiago that listening to his heart can lead him to what he is destined to find, his treasure. Sometimes we have doubts and feel like trying to pursue our personal legends isn’t worth it. Santiago then tells the alchemist: “My heart is a traitor.
In “The Alchemist”, Santiago, the main character has a dream of finding treasure at the Egyptian pyramids and finds it non coincidental that this dream has occurred twice. In that time period it would mean that his dream was an omen or a sign to make journey to go and find the mysterious treasure. According to scholar Maria Louw, “Dream omens embody peoples’ fears about, hopes for, how their lives may develop” (Louw 1). Santiago was encouraged by a gypsy who interpreted dreams and understood
In the first half of the novel Santiago meets the king of Salem Melchizedek. Initially, it is clear that he almost knows to expect Santiago’s arrival and is waiting to meet him. This is exemplified by the quote. “The boy offered his bottle, hoping that the old man
A shepherd boy Santiago saw a dream. In dream he saw that he if he go to Egypt he will find a treasure. An old woman said him to follow the instruction and go after his dream he will find his treasure and woman will get one tenth of the treasure. Then he met an old man who can read his mind he also urged him to find the treasure and to follow omens. He was happy with life as he wanted to travel and he was doing so.
The Shopkeeper The shopkeeper Gave Santiago a job in Tangiers after he was robbed. Santiago takes the job at the crystal shop and learns much about the shopkeeper's attitude to life and the significance of dreaming. The shopkeeper, while generally afraid to take risks, is a very kind man and understands Santiago's quest - sometimes more than Santiago himself. This is the case when the shopkeeper tells Santiago that he will not go to Spain again , since it is not his