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The myth of Narcissus usually ends when Narcissus becomes so thoroughly entranced by his own reflection that he falls in the lake and drowns. In the novel’s version of the myth, however, we learn that the lake felt upset because Narcissus died, since it enjoyed looking at its own reflection in Narcissus’s eyes. This version...
An Analysis of the Book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
In the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the author uses magical realism to show that you can ask help from what’s around you by just believing in yourself and god’s inside you, it’ll be possible.In the book “Alchemist”, Santiago is captured by the tribes on the opposite side of where he had traveled from. The alchemists said to t...
A Discussion on People Choosing Their Jobs Based On the Money They Would Earn in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Firstly, People make their own decision about their job from what they want to do, not only based on the amount of money they make. This means that people don’t focus only on money for a job, instead they do what they want because they have an idea of what they want to become even if the other option is better. Santiago wen...
The Theme of a Personal Legend Emphasized by Santiago and Melchizedek in the Alchemist, a Novel by Paulo Coelho
In The Alchemist, there is a consistent theme of the idea of a “personal legend.” This idea is heavily emphasised in a conversation between the protagonist, Santiago, and Melchizedek, the king of Salem. The king states that the personal legend is not just a journey or a task assigned to someone, but the meaning of your life...
The Pairing of Santiago in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist
Whether it is a girlfriend, a colleague, or just a friend, people are paired up with opposites many times in life. In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Santiago is a foil for the Englishman and the Crystal Merchant because Santiago’s good qualities shine when being compared to them. The Englishman is selfish and impatient, wh...
The Spiritual Journeys in the Novel, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and the Book, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Spirituality in The Alchemist and Franny and Zooey Like it or not, the world around us is huge. Even humans are in the billions and they’re only a speck of dust in the history of the universe. It’s an overwhelming challenge to understand and figure out your role within this world, but it starts with yourself. Finding you...
Character Analysis of Santiago in the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
In the novel The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the main character Santiago experiences a spiritual transformation as he meets the old king Melchizedek, accepts his Personal Legend and chases after his treasure. As a reader, it would appear as though Santiago’s Personal Legend is unattainable. However, as Santiago chases after...
Santiago and the Dream About the Egyptian Pyramids in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
While sleeping near a sycamore tree in the sacristy of an abandoned church, Santiago, a shepherd boy, has a recurring dream about a child who tells him that he will find a hidden treasure if he travels to the Egyptian pyramids. An old woman tells Santiago that this dream is prophetic and that he must follow its instructions...
The Theme of Dreams in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist
"The Alchemist" written by Paulo Coelho has many themes that go on throughout the book. The most prominent theme in the book is one about dreams. Santiago starts the novel off with him wanting to pursue his reoccurring dream and finding the meaning of it. While on his path to finding the meaning of his dream, he meets a gyp...
An Analysis of The Things You Need to Pursue Your Dreams in "Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
The Pursuit of Dreams Sometimes in life, when a person wants something with enough passion, everything seems to go perfectly accordingly to how it was planned. Paulo Coelho, the author of the Alchemist, calls this desire a personal legend. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their personal legend is, and at that poin...