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The Alchemist: 1. In The Alchemist, Santiago learns several important life lessons. Write a reflective piece about a lesson you learned from your reading of the novel that you can apply to your own life.

The essay prompt is asking to write a reflective piece about a lesson you learned from the reading of the novel that you can apply to your own life. The problem here is that no criteria has been established in order to verify the validity of this book. Without a proper means of identifying the lesson, it is difficult to answer this question. Alchemy was an early, unscientific form of chemistry that sought to change base metals into gold. The novel ‘The Alchemist’ shows us how to change our lives from what they may be today into the life we have always dreamed of. ‘The Alchemist’ is full of wisdom and gentle reminders that anything is possible when we believe in ourselves. In the beginning of The Alchemist, Santiago was comfortable with being a shepherd. He knew how to be a shepherd, he trusted the sheep and they trusted him, but being a shepherd didn’t truly make Santiago happy. He dreamt of travel and adventures. Eventually, Santiago sold his flock of sheep and embarked on his great journey to the pyramids. He knew that by denying himself this adventure he would be denying his happiness, and so he took a leap of faith in himself and set off towards his dream. So in the end, what life lesson could I relate to Santiago? Santiago makes great change from beginning, to the end of his journey. From the start, Santiago is just a shepherd of a small flock of sheep, but when he learns of his personal legend, all of this changes. There are many major turning points, leading up to when Santiago finds his treasure and realizes his personal legend. The same goes for me. I was that shepard boy all throughout middle school. Although I did not learn anything about my personal legend, there were many turning points in my life that lead up to to the finding of my treasure....
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