The Alchemist Coelho
Three Important Persons that Santiago Met in the Alchemist Novel
The Alchemist is a novel by Paulo Coelho tells a story about a young teenage boy who follows his dream up till the point of travelling to Egypt to find a treasure. Santiago left his parents ideal future for him (becoming a priest) to travel the world, therefore he became a sheperd. One day he met a king who pursuaded him to pursue his dream therefore he went to Egypt looking for treasure. Through the novel Santiago meets various people that play a signigicant role in this novel and spark a change in the proximity. Three most signigican people Santiago met were the King, the Englishman and the Alchemist.
Santiago meeting the king was the most significant part of the book because without his words of persuasion, Santiago would have never pursued his dream. A significant factor in which the King supported Santiago to follow his personal legend was through the stories he told, The secret of happpiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon. (32) This conveyed an important message for him to learn from his surroundings but also not to forget his goal. This story was the most important lesson to Santiago because unlike the Englishman, Santiago learned things from nature itself not just from the books. Dont forget the language of the omens. (30) While Santiago was travelling through Africa, the King had taught him to read omens. Omens played a huge part in the language of the world. Therefore it was important for him to know how to spot and understand them so he could draw himself closer to his dream. Another positive way the King used his words of wisdom towards Santiago was yet another story about the emerald miner, If he were to examine just one more stone – just one more – he would find his emerald. (24) This story conveyed yet another important message. The king was warning him that things will get tough in the furture, sometimes it will feel like there is nothing to look forward to. This taught Santiago just to keep on following your dream and one day eventually you will reach it.
While Santiago was travelling through Africa he met an English man that represented what not to do. Although the Englishman provided a lot of information, Santiago needed to remember to follow the Kings directions and not just to focus on books. I have to find a man that knows that universal language. An alchemist. (70) Before Santiago met the Englishman he had never heard of alchemy and had limited information on his whole personal legend. This was a positive way in which their personal meeting was for Santiagos benefit. When the Englishman asked Santiago if he had learned anything from his books, he was a bit disappointed that his answer was, I learned that these things are all so simple that they could be written on the surgace of an emerald.(83) Instead of the English man being disappointed, he should have learned from the boy. This ties back to the story that the King had told him about the oil and the spoon. In a sense the Englishman was a clear cut example of the story of the oil and the spoon when the boy only payed attention to the oil. The Englishman should have recognised Santiago as a role model. Santiago once said, Everyone has his or her won way of learning things, (84) Although this is a true fact, it all depends on to what extent. Santiago did learn things from the Englishmans books but focused more on nature and omens. This was an important factor for him achieving his personal legend because it kept him on track. This was also important because the Englishman was only focused on what he could achieve with the philosophers stone and the Elixer of life. This proves that he was not ready to learn the ways of true alchemy. Santiago learned alot through the Englishman, torwards the end he was ready to learn alchemy because he had examined his surrounding and learned from them instead of reading only books.
Santiago meeting the alchemist was a huge impact because the Alchemist played a huge role in his personal legend. Surely it did not drive the plot in a different direction because it was towards the end of his journey and he was looking for the Alchemist. This does not change the fact that this was significant to the proximity to the novel. On page, The man was speaking the language of alchemy. But the boy knew that he was referring to Fatima. (124) Although Santiago is not an expert in the language of alchemy, it infers that he understands the language. The reason he understands alchemy is because he learned to read his omens from the King. An omen is a confusing language that is hard to identify, but once you master reading and understanding omens, everything else is easier. The alchemist told the boy that the only way through learning is, Its through action. (125) This taught Santiago that the only way to truly learn is to physically do things. Unlike the Englishman, Santiago identified true omens. Yes, the Englishman had said that Everything in life is an omen. (70) This is irrelevent because some omens in life arent even worth identifying if it is no helpful for his achieving of the personal legend. Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. (129) This took place when Santiago was trying to ignore his heart due to being scared of faliure. The Alchemist said to him that if he knew his heart well enough, he would succeed because his heart would know what dream Santiago is trying to complete.
These three events really whosed Santiago what he had to do in order to achieve his personal legend. It was not only like the Englishman who just read, Santiago learned from his surrounding due to the Kings stories. Sometimes when you are trying to achieve something it is not always easy. Even when you are hopeless there is always a way to achieve something. Maktub This book teaches us that You cant learn everything from books. You also have to learn and examine things in your surroundings in order to achieve your goals.
My Impressions of “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
Santiago, the protagonist of the novel, is a young Spanish shepherd boy.He dreams of an extraordinary treasure buried near the pyramids of Egypt. Santiago’s journey is met with many obstacles and trials. Along his journey he meets many different individuals who become teacher to him. His treasure is not buried near the pyramids but ends up being buried right back where his journey began, under the tree where he had the prophetic dream years before. He digs and finds a beautiful chest full of gold and gems. His Last Journey is to return to Fatima.
The author Paulo Coelho tells us in this book that always follow your dreams and listen to your heart. At the start of the novel Santiago does not know what he should do when he is confronted by his dream. But by the end of the novel Santiago completely trusts his heart to guide him though life. Santiago’s story shows him learning and living out the theme of the novel.
I think Paulo passed on his message about following your heart quite well. Through Santiago he showed that you must endure some hardship before you are rewarded for your efforts. I think I will always remember Santiago’s journey and the lessons he learned along the way. I believe that this novel was meant to be read by people who are old enough to understand different struggles people sometimes need to endure to achieve goal. If someone were not to understand this concept then the novel would be “empty,” for them.
The most interesting thing I found about the novel was the way Paulo build up Santiago’s hopes and then destroyed them. Paulo not only did this several times but he also chose to do it right after Santiago thought he had learned a lesson about life. Most books I have read don’t build up and destroy the main characters hopes so perniciously.
I find that Santiago’s journey is fairly unlikely to ever occur in real life. At the end of the novel, Santiago digs for his treasure but finds nothing, however the one man in the world that would tell him another place so search just so happens to be right there waiting. The odds of this happening are very low at best. Another thing that is impossible to occur in real life is someone turning lead into gold. This is not something that could be done.
Fate is Unescable: the Struggle of Free Will in the Alchemist
The world is Spiritual. Most people believe to some extent of an external power or force, whether that be God, a ghost or even destiny. For example, Muslims believe in Allah, Christians believe in Jesus, Jewish people believe in God. If you boil it all down their beliefs are quite similar in certain aspects, they all believe in one thing ‘Maktub’ which means our life is all written by the same hand, our destiny, our fate and what we accomplish in life. Our entire life is written in a book from the moment we are born.
The Universe conspires to make us achieve what’s written in these “books.” We call this the experience of life, it shapes who we are and what we do. If its ‘Maktub’ for you to become an achiever, you will become an achiever. The world will lead you on the right path and you will have to follow it. If its “Maktub” for you to encounter a setback, there is no escaping or avoiding your destiny as it was written in stone. Every story that has already been told have different variations based on its storyteller, but those stories will be passed on through different generations of people, until the very end of time. In the novel ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho there is a quote that states: “At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned that the most important part of the language that all the world spoke-the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.” (Coelho 92)
This event is very essential to the story and our lives in general. At the beginning of the Alchemist, Santiago believed that he was in love with the butcher’s daughter, but in reality, he had never loved anyone. Until the day he met Fatima no words were exchanged between the two of them. Yet they understood that they were in love, love is a universal language in the world after all. It’s the only language humans can speak without words, it’s unexplainable, to say the least. The underlying meaning and purpose of everything we do in life is to love something and work alongside it in harmony. It’s like a contract essentially if it wasn’t for one thing. Love, the fact that we live with the person we love in perfect harmony and do the unthinkable for them shows how deep and sacred love really is to us humans. Love and hope are two deeply connected state of mind, in fact, love is the core of hope. Hope derives from our love for someone or something. That’s why when we are sick or someone we love is sick, we pray for them to recover and get better because we love ourselves and the people around us. That’s why we don’t want them to get hurt. Another example is the Road theory, it basically states a man would live as long as he could because of his love for his son. Santiago was able to continue his journey because his love for Fatima was so strong, it was a drive for him to continue living, to impress her. Yet he could not impress her if he died. So he fought to live and so he did. Our lives would be incomplete without love and without love there would be no hope in life. His prewritten destiny guided him to be with the one who the universe thought was written for him. From the moment he was born it was “Maktub” for him to love Fatima and no one else. Which proves that everything is written in a book and there’s no changing of fate.
Fear is the biggest obstacle in our pursuit of legends and goals. It’s bigger than the obstacle itself. When talking to the Alchemist, Santiago was thinking to himself “Tell your heart that fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second encounter with God and with eternity.” Any new pursuit requires entering uncharted territory, that’s scary. Yet with any great risk comes great reward as with all things. The experience you gain in pursuing your dream will make it not only worthwhile but a lifelong, memorable journey. The universe will get rid of this fear if it’s your destiny to finish that obstacle. If it’s not your destiny the universe creates that fear as an obstacle for you and that distinguishes the brave people, those amongst us destined for great accomplishments in life, from the others. Growth, change and evolution are weaved into the fabric of reality. Becoming a better version of yourself creates a ripple effect that benefits everything around you: your lifestyle, your family, your community. Without doing things you fear you cannot accomplish that. The crystal merchant is the biggest example of fear, he’s by far the weakest character mentally. He allowed fear to rule his life, as a result, this makes him deeply unhappy and filled with regret. Just because he feared that after he completed his obligatory visit to Mecca he would have nothing else to live for. Reinforcing the fact that fear acts as a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself. Living in fear also leads to a sad and unfulfilled life. Fear is another tool used by the universe to rectify your course on the right path towards your destiny.
Fate vs Free Will: This is one of the most prominent themes in the book. It is mentioned from start to finish. Some characters in the book believe in fate. An example would be the crystal merchant’s motto “Maktub” (Coelho 61) this means “its written.” Others believe that they control their own destinies. In my opinion, the old king has the most intriguing opinion on fate and free will. The king said while talking to Santiago, “[fate] It describes people’s inability to choose their own Personal Legend and it ends up stating that everyone believes the world’s greatest lie.” (Coelho 18) The King then goes on to describe what the world’s greatest lie is. “It’s this: 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 lie.” (Coelho 18) this statement is incredibly Intriguing and very true. The king is basically saying that these two opposite terms are completely connected. He is saying that something is always fated for us, that we all have a “Personal Legend” but it is up to us to make the right decisions, to follow our hearts and omens to achieve our own Personal Legends, which is the best possible fate that is full of enlightenment. Although we cannot change our destiny we can behave and make choices that ultimately allows our life to be the best possible. That’s why people who embrace their life as it currently is are generally happier and more fulfilled than those who are unsatisfied with their lives.
In the novel ‘The Alchemist’, the spiritual unity represented by the Soul World binds together all of nature, from human beings to the sand in the desert. This idea underlines the parallel we see in the novel between the Alchemist purifying metal into gold to Santiago purifying himself into someone capable of achieving his Personal Legend. According to the novel, the Soul of the World has created the ultimate desire, or Personal Legend, for everything, whether Santiago or a piece of iron. To accomplish your personal Legend each must learn to bond with the Soul World, which purifies it. That continual purification ultimately leads to what we all want most perfection. This part of humans, metal, and all other things in the universe share the same goal demonstrating that all elements in nature are essentially different forms of a single point. Furthermore, over and over and over again we see Santiago has to communicate with his surroundings and nature. The novel calls it the common language of the world. Santiago’s horse, for instance, communicates him by showing him evidence of life in an apparently infertile expanse of the desert, and Santiago must employ the help of the desert, the wind, and the sun in order to ‘turn into the wind’. As the Alchemist says he will leave Santiago if worse comes to worst. Everything from a grain of sand to God himself shares the same spiritual essence. This pantheistic view dominates the Alchemist, along with the individual, evolutionary theology expressed through the theme of alchemy, it forms the book’s core messages. That we must bond with the spiritual world to achieve our Personal Legend. Destiny is unchangeable no matter what we do or what we accomplish since it has already been written in our books. Fate cannot be changed despite the power we have to change ourselves we cannot change what’s bound to happen. Our lives are all written in a book and changing that book is impossible.
My Personal Reflections after Reading the Novel Alchemist
After several weeks of reading the book “the Alchemist” I find this story very wonderful and full of adventures. I found out that there are several effects of Santiago’s adventures on his identity and his self perception. When Santiago has to sell his sheep to prepare for travelling to Egypt to see the pyramids, a young friend tricked him and steals all of Santiago’s money, forcing him to take stock of his life in a time that he is in the state of being desperate and upon his mischievous adventures Santiago’s realizes the pattern in all the experiences and in meeting many of his friends that influence the path he finally takes.
There are cultures I think would be most likely to accept Coelho’s message that a person should pursue their dreams and aspire to happiness is the unity of all religions and the influence of love, sweetness and grace of the family. I don’t agree to the crystal merchant that having a dream is more important than pursuing a dream because how will you able to achieve a dream if you’ll not able to pursue it.
I agree more to Santiago’s philosophy because that if you have a dream you must have courage and it follow it until you achieve it. I believe that the universe will conspire me to achieve my dreams because what you wish for that you thought can never be possible could even be likely to happen. There are lesson that Santiago learned along the way like he learns that change is necessary for success and if one never changes move forward. He also learns that not everyone can see his dreams come true in the same way. “Love without ownership” in my opinion it is a love a person without wanting to keep them for yourself somehow. I think it is no t possible to have love without ownership because being the only one for each other means taking care of each other – taking responsibility for each other: essentially, taking ownership of each other. It is not true that there is a language in the world because with different cultures they have different languages.
The key factor to mutual cultural acceptance is respecting and understanding the different meanings and type of culture. The book “Alchemist” is universally popular because of its enchanting, dazzling in its powerful and simplicity and inspiring wisdom and it tells us about the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to people’s heart and the language of the story is not complex and it gives away good and message and it is easy to understand compare to other novels.
The Alchemist: My Favorite Character Santiago
The Alchemist is a novel written by Paulo Coelho which illustrates a young man traveling from his motherland of Spain to Egypt in hopes to locate a treasure which will give himself prosperity. His travel is consequently related to a reoccurring dream he has of obtaining and finding the treasure. Therefore, he consults with a gypsy who pushes Santiago to travel to fulfill his dream. Santiago is his name, and on his trip, he is faced with tough challenges and obstacles which he encounters. Additionally, he meets a variety of people including a king, a gypsy woman, and an alchemist who is promising of turning lead into gold. Most importantly, Santiago is perseverant with his dream and doesn’t let anything stop him from obtaining it. Furthermore, anything that happens such as attacks or misfortunes lead to him figuring out what to do next. Furthering him to his goal and dream.
Santiago is my favorite character in the Alchemist because of he enough courage to follow his dream, so he gives up everything. Furthermore, every bad situation and circumstance that happens to him and the people he met he doesn’t let it sway him from his dream and goal of finding treasure in Egypt. His attitude and perseverance in life are similar to mine which makes him my favorite character.
In the first part of the story exemplifies Santiago’s perseverant nature by continuing with his dream right after being robbed on his first day to travel to the pyramids. Even though he is robbed of all of his money he finds a job at a local glass shop that springs board his adventure from the saving of money to help fund his travels. His story is similar to mine because I’ve had a comparable situation occur to me. I had gotten my first job to help save for a car. I was paid every two weeks and worked a busy month fulltime. I had enough money to buy the car I’d been looking to purchase, however; my mother became ill and decided to use the money to help her. Although this isn’t exactly what happened to Santiago it is a similar circumstance because his dream was cut short from a robbery, but this didn’t stop him. Likewise, I was able to help my mother which made us both happy, although it did set me back financially, I still continued to save for my car which eventually I was able to purchase. Santiago’s perseverant attitude towards life and the bad things that happen to him doesn’t stop him on his journey. It actually makes him stronger each step of the way and I admire him because of this. In a similar fashion, I am able to see myself in Santiago which makes him my favorite character.
Another reason why Santiago is my favorite character is from his courage to give up everything he has to follow his dream. This is demonstrated in his ability to sell all of his flock, which is his life’s work, to travel to Egypt. This is not something easy to do taking into consideration of lifestyle and way of life his flock was to him. He is able to see past this and continues with his decision to sell his flock to fund his dream of finding treasure in Egypt. This is very similar to my decision to have a job and follow through with my goal of buying a car because I had to essentially give up my life of hanging out with friends and afterschool activities to pursue my dream of owning a car. Even though my journey of buying a car was hard and felt lonely at times I continued to pursue with my goal. Santiago sold all of his livelihood and way of life to jumpstart and fund his dream of traveling to Egypt to find treasure. His courage and action of doing so are comparable to my life of deciding to work a job to follow my dream of owning a car. This resulted in giving up my time to hang out with my friends or any activities which I did before having a job. I was certain of obtaining my goal that I did everything to do so. In a similar fashion, I observe this with Santiago and completely respect his courage and willpower to give up everything to follow his dream of going to Egypt thus, becoming my favorite character in The Alchemist.
In the novel, The Alchemist, Santiago is my favorite character because of his attitude of being perseverant of his dream and giving up everything to obtain his dream. His actions and attitude are admired by me and I can see myself in Santiago from my personal anecdotes. Santiago’s perseverant attitude is honorably illustrated when he was robbed of all of his money but still continued to carry on with his dream. Furthermore, Santiago gave up everything and his livelihood to pursue his dream. Santiago is my favorite character because of his perseverant manner of continuing his dream even after every shortcoming. Santiago best illustrates success as not just one path without failure but embracing every failure to follow through with dreams and goals.
Lessons I Got from the Novel Alchemist
The Novel, alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho, is about the boy dream and his success. The novel started with a boy, Santiago, who was a shepherd and had the dream of adventure. But his parents wanted to be a priest. One day he had a dream about the treasure, but he ignored it, when he saw it again then he went to, the old women, who used to interpret dreams. The old women said, “you will have to pay me one ten of treasure for interpret the dreams. ” By chance, he met the old man who told the same as the old women said, but he told to pay a few sheep. The old man said, “When you want something, the entire universe conspires to helping you to achieve it. ” Then the boy sold his sheep to go pyramid of Egypt.
Unfortunately, he was robbed on the way to his destiny. He was in truble that what to do. He passed through a crystal shop and got job in it. After one year he earned money as much as he could buy sheep and return home.
However, he got a caravan which was going to Egypt. He met an English man, alchemy, who had the passion of knowledge and wanted uncover the secret of alchemy and he wanted to meet 200 year old alchemist who was living in Egypt. He got a lot of lesson from Alchemist and the Caravan. He faced many difficulties while travelling because of the war among the tribe people. On the other hand he got enjoyment that he met a beautiful girl, Fatima. They felt in love and the boy considered that the girls would be the treasure. But he moved forward and he had to prove that he had the ability to blow with the air. Even though he did not know nothing but he succeed. The boy face many difficulties his journey to search for treasure.
At the end he got success due to un-ending determination, devotion and sacrifices.
Lesson from novel:
This story teaches us the lesson of how to get our dream, faith and courage. In the journey toward our goals we would face so many difficulties like the boy faced: firstly, he was being rubbed when he had the money of his sheep. Secondly, he compromised that he had to give some parts to the old man and women as compensate of interpretation. Thirdly, he faces challenges during the war between the tribe.
Finally, when he was digging the treasure and some boys attack on him. On the other hand as the old man said, “When you want something whole universe conspire in helping you to achieve your goals. ”We can get this lesson from the some event of the novels. As the boy had a desire for adventure, he fulfills his dream in the search of treasure. The old man helped him to achieve his target. On the other hand, the caravan with he travelled also helped him as to move forward to his goals. In the same way the English man also helped, the universe conspires, to get him his treasure. However, on the way to our dream we would not only face difficulties but we get enjoyment while on the way to dream.
The boy met the girl that he did not want to leave and want to stay with her is the example of our journey enjoyment.
Weakness of Novel:
In the beginning, the novel starts with the dream of adventure of world then this dream automatically changed with the dream of treasure. So the plot of the novel could not same, this is contrast in the novel. Secondly, in the end of novel, some boys beat the shepherd without any reason. And the boys left even though the shepherd told them about the treasure.
Characters in Novel Santiago: the main character of novel, the whole novel is about the boy dream.
The old man: who told, “All the universe conspires to help for your dream. ”English man: man of inspiration who helped the boy a lot.
Fatima: the girl who the boy loved very mush.
Old women: who used to interpret dreams?
The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho’s Take on Perseverance, Self-knowledge and Setting the Right Allegiances
Allegiance and dedication are things that people learn early in life. As they grow up, their surroundings influence them, and they learn step-by-step how to get the things they want. Some people depend on fate; others work for it solely, depending on nothing. In Paulo Coelho’s novel, The Alchemist, the lesson of dedication becomes prominent frequently as the young shepherd, Santiago, makes his journey to pursue his Personal Legend. His loyalty to himself and his dream is clearly the key point in how he manages to keep going without letting anything slow him down. Without his perseverance to take to his journey open-mindedly, the end of the voyage would’ve been grim.
As Santiago takes the required steps to get to the Egyptian pyramids, as seen in his dreams, he finds that everyone has some sort of guidance for him. No matter how old or young the person is that he comes across, they have something for him to take from their acquaintance. “…as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.” (25). This excerpt from The Alchemist is the first example of how Santiago’s elders prove to him that his Personal Legend is achievable. The quote simply means that once a person tires from the ongoing journey to seek his personal legend, he loses his focus. Soon, the prize that will come in time doesn’t matter anymore. Santiago sees this, and continuously pushes himself to keep going forward. Selling his sheep, an action in which he does to get the money to get to the pyramids, is the perfect showing of how these words of wisdom affected him. He realizes that his dream must be worked for, which was the lesson all along.
Another factor that plays a part in the discovery of Santiago’s Personal Legend is his ability to control his self image and where that falls on his list of priorities. It is often stated in the book that once people start to care more of vanity or popularity, they lose their will to continue in search of their legend. “In the long run, what people think about shepherds and bakers becomes more important than their own Personal Legends.” (25). Because Santiago learned earlier that his pledge to himself was what would power him to seek his personal legend, he knows that no matter what people start to think of him or his money shouldn’t matter quite as much. As simply as working for the crystal merchant, Santiago uses this advice and puts it to good use. Though he must work for many months, nearly a year, Santiago quickly realizes that he can’t make the journey without the money to buy his sheep. He lets himself become a worker and therefore, he proves that he has the dedication to keep going smoothly along. Soon, he is able to buy back his sheep.
Eventually, Santiago is forced to make a difficult decision—to stay with Fatima, who he finds he is in love with, or to keep going to find his treasures. In making this decision, his ardor for what he wants most is put to the ultimate test. He knows that clearly, Fatima is somebody that he adores very much, but he also knows that he’s been working too hard to find his Personal Legend to let it all go. Earlier, it was stated, “Then you’ll die in the midst of trying to realize your Personal Legend. That’s a lot better than dying like millions of other people, who never even knew what their Personal Legends were.” (142). Santiago had worked very hard to change, to not be like the millions of others that lost their will. Simply, Santiago would rather die trying than to not try at all. This leads to him leaving Fatima behind and finding his Personal Legend in a very strange way.
Throughout the book, Santiago’s will and enthusiasm to find his Personal Legend conquers all. Love, fate, and wisdom all helped to fuel him, but without Santiago’s constant pestering to keep going, he would’ve never made it to find his Personal Legend in the end. His determination is proven in some strange ways, but they all matter. If Santiago had let his imagery get in the way of his journey, he would’ve given up the dream a long time beforehand. Perseverance took Santiago far in life, and it can do the same for anybody.
The Key Lessons of Love and Belief Learned in the Alchemist
“Alchemist” is the person who is immortal, who possess a liquid form solution which have the power of turning any rock into gold.
Alchemist is the person who is king of wisdom, he understands every rule of book of life, he is wise enough to judge a person by his body language, he possess the highest form of maturity any normal person could ever have.
Also in the records of book The Alchemist, it is being found that this person is being hardly found in groups, you cannot recognise him if he ever come in front of you.
Such a person is difficult to be found who is unique, he practices the science of alchemy and thus he is alchemist.
In this book a boy named Santiago discovered a treasure in his dreams, and was captured by the feeling that he needs to get that treasure because it’s what that is his and only he belongs to get that. His journey begans through the oasis, travelling to his treasure.
In the path, he meets many great personality which helps him to learn some greatest laws of life and I m going to present that in some points:
When somebody attempts to do any particular thing for first time, he surely has to wins, because there is a force in this universe that wants him to win, can called as beginners luck, but the main context taken as we should try our hands at different things and make life an interesting place to live for, even if it means if you suck at doing things, you needs to trust that universal force.
Love can never hold a person back from what he want to achieve, love is never wrong but a person can be, trust your intutions for what it has to say.
You need to believe in your dreams, because what you want is directly connected to your destiny, there is no indirect thing, you recognize what you want and your efforts in right direction would yeild you that thing, believe in your dreams and the power that someday it will come true for sure.
Recognise the signs your destiny gives you, before a particular event is going to happen, there are always some signs involved in it, if you are able to capture that, you win.
When you are about to win, don’t involve that one thing in you, because that will destroy your victory, and that one thing is self doubt about your achievements, self doubt that you deserve the thing that is coming for you or not, because that self doubt will hold your final stroke for gaining that thing, never hold any self doubt.
Your fears regarding letting your heart suffer, for any particular thing, but recognise one thing that the thought of suffering is bigger than letting it actually suffer, remove that fear.
Always talk to your heart, coz your heart knows you very well, it will never betray you, because if you failed to listen what it has to say, you will never to be able to talk to it again.
And the famous one the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it, what you are dreaming for, it summons all the things.
You can always come back to your love, provided if it is the right person, love doesn’t go anywhere if bond is true, but firstly you need to complete the purpose you where put forward for.
And the last one which I loved: The real treasure is within us, if we are able to understand our feelings, emotions, thoughts we will never required the need of finding happiness in other people, things, places. Self-love starts with self care My lifesprinciples are based on this book though, it had laid the foundation of my thinking and in trying to implement it. There are many learnings I learnt through it, but was unable to put in words.
The Fear of Failure as a Hindrance to Success in the Alchemist
Like any great novel, The Alchemist is a tale that entwines truth and reality into its words and story alongside the fictitious machinations of the story itself. Paulo Coelho does a particularly exceptional task of fabricating obstacles for the characters in The Alchemist that are realistic and faithful to plights that everyday people experience. One such obstacle is that the fear of defeat often dissuades individuals from accomplishing their ambitions. This concept is woven throughout Coelho’s work, appearing time and again to fight against the protagonist, yet it is also apparent in an individual’s personal experience and is able to exhibit the truth of fear’s influence over one’s willingness to accomplish their goals.
One of the most significant instances where Paulo Coelho embodies the idea of fear acting as an obstacle against an individual’s ability to accomplish their goal occurs when the Alchemist assigns Santiago the task of becoming the wind. The consequences of Santiago’s failure particularly fuel his doubt, seeing as the risk of death is something that would be inevitable. The Alchemist raises the stakes even more by stating “…you’ll die in the midst of trying to realize your Personal Legend”, which adds a particularly cruel twist to his death. Additionally, his fear is further fueled by the fact that turning into the wind appears to be an impossible task. This apprehension makes it difficult for an individual to fully immerse themselves into the task seeing as should their best efforts not be enough, failure would be particularly grave. However, once Santiago moved passed his fear of defeat, he was able to accomplish his goal and transform into the wind, consequently ensuring that he and the Alchemist would remain unharmed and be able to proceed with their overarching ambitions.
The fear of defeat is also present in the instance where Santiago attempts to convince himself, as well as the crystal merchant, that he plans to return to being a sheep herder with the money he earned while working in the crystal shop. Santiago’s fear of failure, in this particular instance the fear of losing all his money, causes him to attempt to pursue something that he deems to be safer rather than taking the fortune he has and following through with his dream of going to the pyramids. ‘I’m going to go back to doing just what I did before, thought the boy’. He insists on returning to his career as a shepherd primarily because he has previous experience with it and was thus safe- it would be unlikely for Santiago to fail at a job he at one time had. The fact that Santiago did in fact previously have his money stolen gives his dread some form of root in reality and only further justifies Santiago’s fear of failure, particularly since he has previously experienced it. Because of this, he feels that it is preferable to return to his profession as a sheep herder rather than continuing on with his travels, despite the fact that he is in a more advantageous position that would more likely culminate success in his ambitions. It is only with the outside opinion of the merchant and Santiago’s own deeper self-reflection that he comes to realize his resolve to continue with his journey to find the treasure.
This fear of failure is something everyone also encounters in their own personal experiences. In fact, this aversion is cultivated in the human population from the very beginning. From a very young age, failure is seen as a danger to an individual’s survival, at the most basic understanding. Although in the modern day and age, failure doesn’t directly endanger one’s ability to live, the consequences are often unpleasant, if not painful. This can most easily be seen in ourselves as children when playing games and learning to navigate the world. For example, if a child were to fall off the monkey bars and hurt themselves, they likely wouldn’t attempt to try it again to avoid injury. Such experiences ingrain in us as humans the fear of failure, in any form that it may present. Thus, it becomes an arduous obstacle for individuals to face in life. Because of this, Coelho’s desire to portray one of Santiago’s hurdles in the novel as the instinctive aversion to failure rather than a more concrete complication allows for the reader to sympathize with the tale on a more personal level and showcases the truth of the statement.
The Alchemist utilizes the plot’s various minor and major obstacles to introduce a variety of, often times internal, conflicts. Furthermore, these conflicts are often times more abstract, yet are applicable to both the story and reality all the same. The fear of failure as a hindrance against success is one such concept that has occurred in Coelho’s writing. Yet the truth of this statement has been proven frequently through Santiago’s journey. Moreover, the importance of this idea is reinforced by the fact that this fear presents itself in one’s personal lives. This applicability fortifies the honesty in which Paulo Coelho describes the obstacle of fear in life.
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is the most famous book of Paulo Coelho for many reasons. Everybody’s perception from the text they read is very different, and my perception of The Alchemist may be a slight different from what the original storyline is. Through the story of a Shepherd boy, Paulo Coelho has tried to highlight the maturity of life and how it is naïve without some elements like dreams and love. The author has throughout followed a belief that it is the biggest lie, that we cannot control our destiny or follow our dreams that look difficult.
As a simple example, for the same money, we can buy either a horrible jacket that does not fit or one that suits us and looks right. It is better to have problems that make sense because they are part of what you are trying to achieve. If u have a focused aim and u know exactly how you will be achieving your goals, u just need to follow the right omens and the entire universe would play a role in making your dream come true.
Santiago, the lead character faces many dilemmas while his search to realize the dream or what has been referred in the book as personal treasure. Santiago’s dilemma is about the conflict between love and personal dream. Very often, we see a love relationship as the meaning of our life but the obsession with only love can cost us our dream and disconnect us from the world to the extent, that we start treating our dream as inferior to the person we love. Love is important but it is not our duty. Our duty is to pursue the dream that will help our future building. Only through devotion to the dream is the ‘soul of the world’, as the author calls it, revealed to us, the knowledge that destroys loneliness and gives power.
Most of the Novel’s theme is about pursuing the destiny, but dreams do not always show us the path to it, they speak constantly but quietly , and it does not take much effort to listen to the inner voices, just the right time and the right perception to approach in the right direction. We too easily tend to give up on our dreams and many distractions avail in our path as we tend to move towards our dream, but we should realize that with just the right effort, in the right direction, even the universe helps us to fulfill our dreams.
Through the elements of magic, local religions and the powers of the Alchemist, Coelho has given a naïve touch to the story but in a way it all sums to be a metaphor of life, and the effectiveness with which we should handle and chase our dreams.