Journel 1

Topics: Desert, Divination, Oasis Pages: 2 (590 words) Published: April 16, 2015
Student Name: Khaled Ahmed
Class: RHET 101024
Instructor: Dr. Laila Kamal
Assignment: Write a journal
Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Topic: Reflect on the need for a guide
Purpose: Why do we need a guide? What are the differences between guiders and helpers? Journal Entry # 1

Bear Grylls once said “A man … needs to learn when to turn to others for help and guidance,” signifying that no man can survive in this world without any kind of assistance, which is provided by a guider or a helper. A guider is either a person who advises others, especially in matters of belief, or a thing that forms some opinion about an issue. On the other hand, a helper is a person who gives assistance and support. In ‘The Alchemist’ I think that the main character Santiago had several guiders as well as helpers. One of Santiago’s most significant guiders was Melchizedek, the old king of Salem. I consider this guider to be the one who set Santiago on the right track from the very beginning. He was the one who was able to make him realize that his personal legend was not only a part of his soul, but was part of the soul of the universe as well. The Englishman who Santiago met in the carven on his way to the oasis was yet another guider. He was the one who insisted that Santiago had to fulfill his destiny and seek his treasure before marrying Fatima. He taught him to listen to his heart closely since it can be deceiving, just to make sure his love for Fatima is true. Another important guider was actually a thing not a person, which were the omens. Among the omens that guided Santiago were the two stones that Melchizedek gave him. Those two stones made it clear to him that he was ready enough to make his own decisions. Another omen that guided him was going through the desert with the Egyptian caravan. I consider this to be an omen because when he arrived at the oasis he met Fatima the girl who he instantly fell in love with. The hawks were yet another omen that guided...
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