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.
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” 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.
A Main Message of the Alchemist Book
Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1947. At a young age he discovered his calling of becoming a writer. Even though Coelho knew what he wanted to do , his future was already picked out for him. His family expected him to become an engineer instead of pursuing a career as a writer. Coelho rebelled at these expectations. His family took his defiance as a sign of illness and admitted him into a psychiatric hospital. He eventually left his home to travel the world in search of his purpose. Coelho eventually returned to his dream of becoming a writer. Through his books he writes his experience of how he came to be a writer. This makes his stories more relatable for his readers.
After reading The Alchemist, you can tell that this is book is a metaphor for Coelho’s journey in becoming a writer. By the River Piedra I sat down and Wept, is Coelho’s willingness to let go of the past and to search for a better future even if the fear of the unknown exist. Veronika decides to die, is his an emulation of his time in a psychiatric facility but also his view of cherishing the only life you’re blessed with. It’s clear that Coelho’s work teaches his readers that even the past doesn’t define who you are because you are able to change your future. Coelho’s vision is for people to find their happiness and to never let anything stand in the way of that happiness.
In The Alchemist, Santiago is a shepherd boy who only knows his life with his sheep. “He is a literate boy who had attended a seminary to learn Latin, Spanish and theology, and might be a priest in a church that could have been “a source of pride for a simple farm family” but since his boyhood he [wanted] to explore the world. He opts the shepherd life to pursue his dream and explore the world”(Bartwal). Santiago meets many people through his journey who teach him something different. He starts by traveling to Africa where he needs to cross the desert however he needs a guide to help him cross it. Santiago found a guide but, the boy stole his money. This was one of the many things that Santiago face through his journey and sometimes he felt like giving up.
“When I had my sheep, I was happy, and I made those around me happy. People saw me coming and welcomed me, he thought. But now I’m sad and alone. I’m going to become bitter and disrespectful of people because one person betrayed me. I’m going to hate those who have found their treasure because I never found mine. And I’m going to hold on to what little I have, because I’m too insignificant to conquer the world. (Coelho 39)”
Santiago believes in himself and is able to overcome his despair.He continues through his journey even though he has no home, no sheep, and no money. “Since his ideal is selfless, his body works more and releases more energy which turns out his work more dynamic. He never wastes this energy through unproductive channels such as worrying about the past, being anxious over the fruit of action and also by getting excited in the present. Of course he thinks about the past to recollect how he became a shepherd, but it is just to boost his confidence by affirming that his choice was right. So he never loses his concentration on the present action”(Muraleedharan). He later meets a glass merchant, an englishman, the alchemist, and his love. All these people teach him to keep chasing his dream and to not stop for anything because then he would never achieve true happiness. Santiago eventually learns that his true happiness was where it all began and even if others ridiculed him for chasing his dream and became happier than others who chose not to chase their dream.
In By the River Piedra I sat down and Wept, “Pilar was leading the life of a normal girl both socially and academically without much complaint until she received a call from her childhood friend”(Pu) wanted to see her after a long time. “Pilar accepted [and] planned to pay a normal visit for a day or two and return to her normal”(Pu) life without him. Their first encounter is awkward and to make up for it he suggest that she accompany him to a conference. Pilar reluctantly agrees to go with him. Through their journey she realizes how he had become a spiritual man who many people trusted and regarded him for his ability to help those in need. He confesses to her that the love for her never died. Pilar still loved him but she didn’t tell him that because for them to have a normal life, he had to give up his life as spiritual figure.
“I was being tough, but there was no other way. Subject closed, I thought. Our being together for these three days has been enough to change his mind. My pride was a bit wounded, but my heart was relieved. Do I really want this? I asked myself. I realized that I was already beginning to sense the storms brought on by the winds of love. I had already begun to feel the break in the dam” (Coelho)
“The potential of her mind to influence her friend and decide the course of their journey was realized only later on. In her boldness to make herself a part of his life is achieved through trials and tribulation of her mind”(Pu). Pilar became very conflicted because she didn’t know weather to let him go or to chase after him and his love, knowing that she would never have her normal life again. Through her journey, Pilar reconnects with her religious side which she had abandoned because of her hardships. Through her new religious beliefs she learned to let go of all the negative things that held her back from loving him and decided to reciprocate his love for her. She knew that loving him however would come with a price but she decided to love him rather than regret not ever loving him at all.
In Veronika decides to die , Veronika is a smart and beautiful girl who has anything that she could ever want. “Veronika as is unable to bring in any sea change in her life is highly bored with the monotony and her desire to be an artist is objected by her parents”(Anbarasi 23). “[She] has been trying to be an ideal person who always obeys [the] rules and fulfils others’ expectations. She pretends to be another person and lives under the shadow of falseness. This falseness becomes the major reason that causes her basic needs to be dissatisfied”(Putri). “Despite her youth, beauty, economic stability and freedom, she ruminates that she would gain nothing by continuing to live. Everything around her in the world is wrong and she is utterly powerless to set things right”(Anbarasi 23).
She believed herself to be completely normal [but], everything in her life was the same and, once her youth was gone, it would be downhill all the way, with old age beginning to leave irreversible marks, the onset of illness, the departure of friends. She would gain nothing by continuing to live; indeed, the likelihood of suffering would only increase”(Coelho 9)
Veronika’s attempt of suicide isn’t successful and she ends up waking in a psychiatric facility known as Villete. Dr. Igor is the one who treats Veronika and tells her that even though she failed to commit suicide, she eventually will die because of how many pills she took. “He had successfully established the fact that it is not awareness of life but that of death, that encourages us to live more intensely” (Anabarasi). Unaware of the happening, Veronika is stated that she might live for a week and her experiences with the inmates of Villete make her comprehend that living is invaluable. Within the shortest duration allowed, she evinces strong desire to live through life thoroughly and to her heart’s’ content” Veronika , even being committed in an asylum, learned from different people to count her blessing and to relearn how to enjoy life. Because she was under the notion that she would eventually die she chose to live everyday as it was her last and discovered the many sides to herself that she chose to suppress over time.“When [she] took the pills, [she] wanted to kill someone [she] hated. [She] didn’t know that other Veronika’s existed inside [of her], Veronika’s that [she] could love’” (Coelho 65).
In life we have to learn to overcome things that hold us down like failure or bad experiences because the only way to find true happiness is by choosing a better outcome. Paulo Coelho novels teach many life lessons that should be taken to heart because anyone can relate to struggles and accomplishment that will happen in life. The Alchemist he teaches to search for our dream even if there are many obstacles in the way. By the river piedra I sat down and wept teaches to let go of the fear of the unknown because life will pass by if it’s not acted upon. Veronika decides to die teaches to cherish every day because no one is promised tomorrow.
The Concept Of Pursuing Your Dreams In The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
“One of the best works of Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist is not only philosophy, it is good philosophy. It tells us that life is not about the consequences, but about the journey.”
Coelho grew up in a middle-class family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become an engineer but after stating his wish to be a writer, Coelho was put in and out of mental institutions for three years. Coelho is one of the world’s best-selling authors. The Alchemist, which was inspired by a tale in The Thousand and One Nights, has sold 20 million copies. It also won the Guinness world record for the most translated book by a living author.
Santiago the shepherd lives in the hills of Andalucía. His parents have always toiled for the basics in life and have extinguished their own aspirations accordingly. Andalucía is a beautiful place and also very popular tourist destination due to its unusual villages and rolling hills, but for his parents it is a place of no imagination. Santiago is very different from his parents he is educated and ambitious and wants to see the world. Although he loves his flock he couldn’t help but notice the finite nature of their reality, they sought only food and water and failed to admire the beauty of nature. One day he goes into town to sell a part of his flock, and meets a tramp-king and a gypsy woman who urge him to leave the world as he knows it and “follow him omens”. The gypsy woman reveals that the pyramids of Egypt contain the treasure he seeks and directs him there. Insanely trusting her, he trades his flock and sets sail towards Egypt. Early on in his journey he experiences a setback when a crook in Tangier loots him of his possessions. So much labor and regimen for a little feat! But shockingly, Santiago was not disheartened, as he had the security of knowing that he was on the right path. His life now was a complete contrast to his life before, with every day being new and gratifying. He always reminds himself about what he was advised in the market place before he set said: “When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
The concept of pursuing your ambitions dreams is a great one, but is hope based on nothing? When you ponder over the time and effort you give something once you are dedicated to it, probably not. What you think is the “universe conspiring to give you what you want” is actually and more accurately a reflection of your own perseverance to make something happen. Reading “The Alchemist” we are reminded of Goethe’s demand: “’Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it – boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
The book does not fail to remind us that dreams have a price, but as Coelho has stated in many of his interviews, not living your dream also has a price. For the same money he said, “You can either buy a horrible jacket that doesn’t fit, or one that suits you and looks right.” This book tells us that there will be hardships in whatever you do in life, but it is better to have trouble that makes sense because it ultimately leads you to your goals. Otherwise, adversities just seem insidious, one horrible hindrance after another. The ones who follow their dreams and aspirations have the bigger responsibility of managing their own freedom. Although this might not seem like a big expense it does require a certain amount of alertness we may not be used to.
When Santiago meets the old man in the town square, the old man tells him not to believe “the biggest lie” that you can’t control your destiny. He tells Santiago that he can control his own destiny but to do so he must “read the omens”, which is possible only when u begin to “see the world as one”. The world can be read like a book, but we will never be able to fathom it if we live a closed type of life, satisfied with what we have and afraid to wager anything. “Destiny requires the oxygen of higher awareness”.
The Alchemist is extraordinary for being a love story that rejects the notion that romantic love must be the pivotal thing in each one’s life. It teaches us that each and every one of us has a destiny to pursue that exists independently of others. It is what you would do, or who you would become, even if u had all the love and wealth in the world. The treasure that Santiago seeks in this story is symbolic of the personal dream or destiny, but he is glad to leave his treasure when he discovers the women of his dreams in a dessert oasis. Yet the Alchemist tells him that his woman’s love would only be proven true if she is willing to support him in his search for the treasure.
Santiago’s predicament is about the battle between love and destiny, very often we are shown that the love relationship is the meaning and importance of our life, but this fixation with the romantic coupling can isolate us from a life more linked with the rest of the world. Coelho understood that our heart also has needs and so he said, “ live your life around the dream and there will be more heart in your life than you can now comprehend, no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” Although romantic love is crucial, it is not your duty as is chasing your dreams. Only through dedication to our dreams is the “Soul of the world” revealed to us, the knowledge which consumes alienation and gives strength.
The Alchemist that Santiago meet sin the desert is the real thing. He could actually convert base metals into gold, the aim of the medieval alchemists. On asking why the other alchemists never accomplished this feat Santiago gets a strange answer, “They were only looking for gold.” This means that the other alchemists were only looking for the treasure of their destiny rather than actually trying to live their destiny. Their focus on a prize reduced the essence of the present.
This is very alike to the Hindu concept of not looking for the fruit of our actions, but just acting according to our dharma or principle. There is a profound difference between living out the destiny, as you understand it, and rushing to accomplish some far away goal. “Destiny is not a prize but a state of being” and is fulfilled only when, as the camel driver counseled Santiago, “we live in the present.” Alchemy is complicated to comprehend as it is a science that mixes matter and spirit. An alchemist spends years patiently heating and purifying, but the outcome, a result of their complete concentration in the task was the purification of themselves. The moral being can make the difference between the prize and the journey.
“The Alchemist” analysis
While sleeping near a sycamore tree in the sacristy of an abandoned church, Santiago, a shepherd boy from Andalusia, has a recurring dream about a child who tells him that he will find a hidden treasure if he travels to the Egyptian pyramids. Santiago then finds an old gypsy woman who reads his palm and tells him that his dream is prophetic and that he must follow its instructions. After interpreting his dream, the gypsy woman tells Santiago,” I am not going to charge you anything now, but I want one-tenth of the treasure.” to which Santiago agrees.
Next Santiago meets a mysterious old man who seems to be able to read his mind. The man introduces himself as Melchizedek, the King of Salem. He tells Santiago about good and bad omens and says that it is the shepherd boy’s duty to pursue his Personal Legend. He also tells Santiago, “There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” Melchizedek then gives Santiago two stones, Urim and Thummim, with which Santiago can use to interpret omens.
Santiago is unsure whether to pursue his dream or to stay home in Andalusia and remain a shepherd. After some time
Santiago remembers what the King of Salem had told him, which was to pursue his Personal Legend, so he decides to sell all of his sheep and buy a ticket to Tangier in northern Africa to search for his treasure. Shortly after he arrives there, a thief stole all of Santiago’s money by tricking him into thinking that he was going to guide Santiago to the Egyptian pyramids. The shepherd boy is forced to look for work in order for him to get back home. He starts working for a crystal merchant who told him, “I don’t want to change anything because I don’t know how to deal with change. I’m used to the way I am.” He despised change and was unwilling to move to a busier market like the other merchants who wanted their businesses to survive. With Santiago’s help, the merchant was able to embrace change, and the business became more successful than ever before.
After almost a year of working in the crystal shop, the shepherd boy was able to earn a lot of money. However, he was unsure of what he should do next, should he return to Andalusia a rich man and buy more sheep? Or should he cross the vast Sahara in pursuit of the hidden treasure of his dreams? He decides to stay loyal to his dream and joins a caravan traveling to Egypt. Santiago meets an Englishman who wants to learn the secret of alchemy, which is turning any metal into gold, from a famous alchemist who lives at an oasis on the way to the pyramids. While traveling, Santiago begins listening to the desert and discovers the Soul of the World. The caravan eventually reaches the oasis, and there Santiago meets an Arab girl named Fatima and falls in love with her instantly. The caravan leader then gathers the travelers together and tells them that tribal warfare prevented them from continuing their journey.
Santiago wanders from the oasis into the desert and gets a vision of an army entering the oasis and attacking. Because attacking an oasis is a violation of the rules of the desert, Santiago shares his vision with the oasis’ tribal chieftain. The tribal chieftain arms his men, and they are well-prepared for when the oasis is indeed invaded. Soon afterward, Santiago is confronted by a black-garbed, veiled stranger with a sword, who sits atop a white horse. It is the alchemist. The alchemist offers to cross the desert with Santiago. Soon the two men enter into an area of intense tribal warfare. Warriors hold the two men captive, but eventually, allow them to continue their journey. The alchemist tells Santiago that he needs to return to the oasis and that the rest of the trip is Santiago’s to make alone so that he can claim his Personal Legend.
Santiago arrives at the Egyptian pyramids and begins to dig. He finds nothing buried in the ground. Thieves beat Santiago and rob him of his money. After he tells them of his dream, the leader of the thieves then tells him, “Two years ago, I had a recurring dream, too. I dreamed that I should travel to the fields of Spain and look for a ruined church where shepherds and their sheep slept. In my dream, there was a sycamore growing out of the ruins of the sacristy, and I was told that, if I dug at the roots of the sycamore, I would find a hidden treasure. But I’m not as stupid as to cross an entire desert just because of a recurring dream.” Returning back to Andalusia, Santiago goes back to the church where he dreamed of the treasure near the pyramids. He digs where he slept, beneath the sycamore tree, and there, he finds the treasure that he has been searching for.
Santiago and the Alchemist
The Alchemist is the story of a young man “”Santiago”” who finds a treasure. He is shepherd. He wants to be free to roam with his sheep, to have some wine in his wineskin and a book in his bag. Early into his journey, he meets an old king named Melchizedek or the king of Salem, who tells him to sell his sheep so as to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend.
Your Personal Legend “”is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. He adds that “”when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”” This is the core theme of the book. Once in the caravan, Santiago meets an Englishman who has come all the way to Africa to seek a renowned alchemist. While they travel, they begin to hear rumors of a coming tribal war. When they finally arrive at oasis –the home of the titular Alchemist–Santiago meets a beautiful girl named Fatima with whom he immediately falls in love. He discovers that love, like the Personal Legend, comes directly from the Soul of the World.
Santiago considers staying at the oasis with Fatima, but the Alchemist finds Santiago and tells him that he will lead Santiago to his treasure. Once again on the move, the Alchemist teaches Santiago to listen to his heart. Almost to the pyramids, Santiago and the Alchemist are taken prisoner by a warring tribe. The Alchemist tells the tribesmen that Santiago is a powerful magician who can turn himself into the wind. The tribesmen are impressed and will spare the lives of the men if Santiago can do it. The only problem is that Santiago has no idea. First he asks the desert, then he asks the wind, then he asks the sun and, finally, he asks the Soul of the World. Immediately, the wind whips up, and Santiago disappears and reappears on the otheside of the camp.
The Alchemist takes his leave of Santiago, who continues on to the Pyramids. Santiago continue his journey to pyramids where he attacked by thieves. He is robbed but learns accidentally from the leader of the thieves that the treasure he seeks was all the time in the was back in Spain the entire time.The story moves forward into the time Santiago finds the gold under the tree enough for him and Fatima to live happily.