The Alchemist

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Many people know what their Personal Legend is and some have ahcieved it. But in the story The Alchemist a shepherd boy named Santiago achieves his Personal Legend with some help from three major characters who teach him many important things.

The crystal merchant is one of the characters that helped Santiago by encouraging him and helping him earn back his money. Another important character who helped Santiago in his journey was the English man. He helped Santiago understand many things that he did not know before. The alchemist is an important character who helped Santiago in his journey. He made Santiago realize what would happen to Santiago if he did not follow his Personal Legend.

In The Alchemist Santiago learns more about his new surroundings which lead him to his Personal Legend. But as he learns these things he also grows from them.

The crystal merchant was one of the important characters who helped Santiago in his journey to achieve his Personal Legend. The crystal merchant did not teach Santiago much but the things he did teach him were very important. When Santiago first met the crystal merchant he was told that the pyramids would take a long time to get to and even if he worked for him for a year he would not have enough money to get there. This made Santiago turn away from his Personal Legend and concentrate on earning some more money to go back to Spain and become a shepherd again. When Santiago finally earned enough money to go back to Spain and double his flock he told the crystal merchant that he was leaving.

“I am proud of you,” the crystal merchant said. “You brought a new feeling into my crystal shop. But you know that I’m not going to go to Mecca. Just as you know that you’re not going to buy your sheep.”

“Who told you that?” asked the boy, startled.

“Maktub,” said the old merchant and he gave the boy his blessing (Coelho, 28). The crystal merchant was one character who taught Santiago a new language, which was Arabic....
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