The Alchemist

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho is a memorable and meaningful story about a young shepherd named Santiago, who has a dream about finding a treasure buried in the Pyramids of Egypt. As he travels in search for his treasure, he learns to listen to his heart and realize that his Personal Legend is part of the Soul of the World. He meets people along the way who points Santiago in the direction of his quest. Throughout the novel, this inspiring novel displays various themes. Three major themes that are very important in this novel is the danger of fear, fate, and Personal Legends.

As he goes on his journey, Santiago's fear is his primary obstacle to achieving his goal. He experiences fear in many ways throughout his adventure. First he fears that he will lose his wealth when joining the desert caravan. Second he fears that he will never find his treasure. Third he fears that he will fail to transform himself into the wind after the alchemist forces him to try. The Alchemist says “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure” (Coelho 141). This quote is correct because if one ponders all of the time he/she will fail, fear will rule one's life and they will never pursue their dream.

Another theme displayed in The Alchemist is fate. Fate in this novel focuses on how much in life is controlled under one's control and how much is controlled by fate. When Santiago asks the old king “Whats the world's greatest lie?”, the old king responds by saying “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.” The old king believes that everyone is capable of not allowing fate to take over our lives.

In The Alchemist, Paul Coelho discusses the belief of the Personal Legend which is the destined path everyone should take to accomplish their goal. Santiago's Personal Legend is to find his treasure at the...
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