The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho, starts off with a boy named Santiago, who is striving for success in accomplishing his Personal Legend. Santiago starts as a doubtful and tentative sheep tender in Andalusia. One day, he dreams of treasure being found at the Pyramid and goes to a gypsy for advice. Disappointed by the results, he leaves and a king confronts Santiago depicting his dream in more detail sending Santiago off to pursue his Personal Legend, one’s goal of their life. Santiago sells his sheep, so he can get on a ship to Africa. Arriving at the ports, trouble comes when his money is stolen by the guides, causing Santiago to work for a crystal merchant in Tangier for some months. Making enough money, he joins a caravan traveling across the Sahara Desert. Reaching an oasis in Al-Fayoum, Santiago runs into a desert girl named Fatima and decides to make her his wife. However, in order to pursue his unaccomplished Personal Legend, he leaves Fatima and meets a lone alchemist who takes Santiago in as a student. The Alchemist and Santiago adventure through the desert and meet refugees who take them as hostages. As The Alchemist and Santiago venture through the desert, Santiago faces a change in his behaviors and actions. Santiago struggles with many problems along his journey that challenge him to think deeply about himself and from these hurdles, Santiago, once a narrow-minded and hesitant boy converts into a broad-minded and valorous young man who fulfills his Personal Legend.
After crossing the Sahara Desert, Santiago arrives at the oasis and begins to understand that by linking with the Soul of the World and the Language of the World, he has developed into a considerate and understanding person. When Santiago could not make out the code that is written on the Emerald Tablet, a tablet that is to cure all diseases, The Alchemist explains, “It’s like the flight of those two hawks; it can’t be understood by reason alone” (126). The Alchemist’s ability to...
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