Experience is life lessons
Paulo Coelho teaches in the Alchemist to always believe in oneself and to never forget what one truly want and desire, even if it takes days, months, or years to over come the challenges that may come along the way. He also teaches people to “live and learn” from oneself mistakes to make the right choices at the appropriate time. In the Alchemist Santiago deals with a great amount of challenges, difficulties and tests throughout his quest to obtain his Personal Legend and his treasure, even though things weren’t going how he expected. There were many obstacles in Santiago’s journey towards completing his Personal Legend, but only three of them were key to unlock the path to his treasure. Santiago learns the value of hard work when he works at the crystal merchant shop, because he must over come the thief of his money. The heartache of leaving Fatima at the oasis is another obstacle that he must overcome along with realizing he must reach to his full potential to turn into the wind and reach out to the Soul of the World. The conflicts/obstacles that Santiago encounters help him to continue with his journey and include working at the crystal merchant’s shop, leaving Fatima and turning into the wind to save his life.
Santiago learns the value of hard work when he works at the crystal’s merchant shop as he over comes the thief of his money. After working there for several months Santiago builds a relationship with the crystal merchant, the two of them share their personal legends among themselves. Santiago learns that the crystal merchant is much different than himself when he says, “ You dream about your sheep and the pyramids, but your different from me, because you want to realize your dreams. I just want to dream about Mecca” (55). Santiago sold his sheep and gave up his job as a shepherd in order to pursue his Personal Legend, unlike the crystal merchant, who only dreams of such. After working there for a while, Santiago still...
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