Professor Robert A. Unger
01 November 2012
Foreshadowing or first obstacle helps to identify, or gives a hint (idea) of what the problem of the story is. Paolo Coelho has several foreshadowing events in the Alchemist; for example, the scene in which Santiago relates his dream to the gypsy, regarding the Egyptian pyramids. The dream itself is an indication of a foreshadowing event. It indicates the events that eventually will occur through the book, ‘’gives a taste of the problem ‘’. 2. Yes there is foreshadowing in this plot arc. One example of foreshadowing occurs when Santiago tells to the gypsy about his dream of the pyramids; ‘’I dreamed that I was in a field with my sheep, when a child appeared and began to play with the animals. ‘’The child went on playing with my sheep for quite a while’’, continued the boy, a bit upset. ‘’ And suddenly, the child took me by both hands and transported me to the Egyptian pyramids.’’ (13) ‘’The child said to me, ‘if you come here, you will find a hidden treasure.’ And, just as she was about to show me the exact location, I woke up both times.’’(14) This scene provides an idea of the problem (first obstacle) that Santiago will have to overcome through the book. The scene suggest what Santiago have to do in order to find that treasure – not every step, or every aspect of the procedures but a hit of what he should go –Then with this information, the reader realize that Santiago must cross the desert to reach the pyramids, that he must acquire some money to arrive to Egypt. A foreshadowing event not only tells the reader what a character might do to accomplish ‘’that’’, but with what he might struggle and what the character mush overcome. 3. The climax of this novel is when Santiago is struggling to turn himself into the wind, and depending in the result of this action, Santiago will be able to save his and the Alchemist live from dead. The chief of the tribesman would kill both of them if Santiago won’t accomplish this challenge. ‘’ I what you to help me turn myself into the wind,’’ the boy answered. ‘’ Nature knows me as the wisest being in creation,’’ the sun said. ‘’But I don’t know how to turn you into the wind.’’(151) I think this is the climax based in the following factors: After all the things that Santiago already accomplished; the knowledge that he learned through this journey such as the wisdom to understand the language of the world, the masters work, and all the treasures that he has earned to reach his personal legend. Santiago comes upon a stage, a phase of this journey, that there is no way to rectify his actions and go back. He must face this obstacle. Santiago is the edge between live and, and he has to make a decision and take action. Now, all the knowledge that he acquired through his journey, he will use it as his advantage to succeed and scape from the claws of death – the decisive moment in the novel -. 4. The central conflict in this novel is Man vs. Himself. Santiago, through his journey, accomplish new goals, acquires goods that he never planned to be the owner of. He realizes that he already have more that he wished for, so this causes a great ambiguity within his heart and mind. Santiago is not sure if he should continue and follow his personal legend, or resign himself with what he already acquired because he is afraid to lose it, and he is also afraid in failing to achieve his personal legend. ‘’ But there’s a tribal war,’’ the boy reiterated. ‘’ I know what’s happening in the desert.’’
‘’ I have already found my treasure. I have a camel, I have my money from the crystal shop, and I have fifty gold pieces. In my own country, I would be a rich man.’’ ‘’ But none of that is from the Pyramids,’’ said the alchemist. ‘’ I also have Fatima. She is treasure greater than anything else I have won.’’ (115) This scene shows Santiago ambivalent feelings in regard to following and concluding his personal legend or...