The Alchemist Book Report

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The Alchemist Book Report

By | December 2012
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Alchemist Nguyen
1st Hour
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is an inspiring story about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who traveled from his home in Spain to Egypt in search of treasure buried in the pyramids. Santiago has to take risks that no one would ever take. No one knows what the treasure is, not even Santiago and no one knows if Santiago will make this out alive. Along the way, Santiago meets people that teach him the importance of following your heart and dreams.

Santiago is the main character; he is a shepherd in Spain that travels to Egypt in pursuit of his Personal Legend, which is to find treasure at the Egyptian Pyramids. Santiago wants to learn all there is to learn about the world. As the story goes on, Santiago learns and understands the mystical force that connects the world. Santiago is an example of a life that is full of risks that are worth taking and what happens when you follow your heart. Melchizedek, the King of Salem, tells Santiago to go follow his Personal Legend and go to Egypt. Melchizedek tells Santiago about Personal Legends, the soul of the World, Beginner’s Luck, and omens. Melchizedek gives Santiago magical stones, Urim and Thummim, which represent “yes” and “no”. The stones help guide Santiago through his journey in Tangier, Africa. The next character Santiago meets is the crystal merchant. The crystal merchant owns a crystal shop on a desolate hill that was once popular but lost most of its business. The crystal merchant hired Santiago to work in his shop and helps Santiago realize that he needs to follow his own Personal Legend. The crystal merchant never followed his own Personal Legend and refuses to because he is scared of change. The crystal merchant is an example of a life that is unfulfilled. Santiago then meets the Englishman in a warehouse. The Englishman is also on pursuit of his Personal Legend. The Englishman is very well educated and loves to read his books. The Englishman knows a...