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The Concept of Omens in The Alchemist, a Novel by Paulo Coelho
Many people ponder the idea of there being external, uncontrollable forces that dictate the outcomes of people’s lives. This idea frightens some, as people desire control of their own lives and destinies. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho focuses on a shepherd named Santiago as he completes an arduous excursion for treasure tha...
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Allegiance and Dedication in The Alchemist, a Novel by Paulo Coelho
Allegiance and dedication are things that people learn early in life. As they grow up, their surroundings influence them, and they learn step-by-step how to get the things they want. Some people depend on fate; others work for it solely, depending on nothing. In Paulo Coelho’s novel, The Alchemist, the lesson of dedication...
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The Spiritual Journey and Life Lessons Depicted in The Alchemist, a Novel by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a read that will change your way of thinking about the world. The story gives so much hope to those who may be lost in life. This book tells a story of a boy who has a flame for a heart and he never lets it go out no matter how hard the journey becomes for him. There are many spiritual lessons placed throug...
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The Conflicts Which Santiago Faces in The Alchemist, a Novel by Paulo Coelho
In The Alchemist , by Paulo Coelho, the main character Santiago often referred to as “the boy” runs into many conflicts throughout the novel. He often faces challenging obstacles that are later resolved at the end of the novel. An example of a conflict that the boy faces, is when he runs out of money during his travels and...
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The Metaphor in the Book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1947. At a young age he discovered his calling of becoming a writer. Even though Coelho knew what he wanted to do , his future was already picked out for him. His family expected him to become an engineer instead of pursuing a career as a writer. Coelho rebelled at these ex...
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The Alchemist
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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A Book Report on the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A Book Report on: The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho Submitted to Ms. K. Deshotel By Timothy Zimmerman English IV AP(G) - hour 1 Northshore High School 03/12/2000 Biography of Author - Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janiero in 1947 and before his career as a best-selling author, he was a playwright, theatre director,...
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The Pursuit of Dreams in the 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 po...
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An Analysis of Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist
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 po...
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An Introduction to the Comparison of a Deity in the Alchemist and the Water's of Babylon
"That's the principle that governs all things. In alchemy, it's called the Soul of the World. When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It's always a positive force" (80). Anything I've ever wanted to happen bad enough, there has always been a way for me to...
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A Book Report on the Alchemist by Paul Coelho
A Book Report on: The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho Submitted to Ms. K. Deshotel By Timothy Zimmerman English IV AP(G) - hour 1 Northshore High School 03/12/2000 Biography of Author - Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janiero in 1947 and before his career as a best-selling author, he was a playwright, theatre directo...
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An Overview of the Novel Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist By: Tim Zimmerman E-mail: timmzim@bellsouth.net A Book Report on: The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho Submitted to Ms. K. Deshotel By Timothy Zimmerman English IV AP(G) - hour 1 Northshore High School 03/12/2000 Biography of Author - Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janiero in 1947 and before his career as a best-se...
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An Analysis of the Novel Alchemist by Paulo Coelholn
Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoIn this novel, an Andalusian shepherd boy, has a dream about finding a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. A gypsy woman and a mysterious king advise him to pursue his destiny. The old man says to Santiago: "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation. All things are one. And, when yo...
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A Book Analysis of the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Paganism Paulo Coelho's book The Alchemist illustrates the connection between pagan beliefs of divine beings to humans and nature. Paganism is a broad religion that many people have found interest in and taken part in its practices. It has been around for thousands of years and has continued to gain many followers to th...
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An Analysis of Santiago's Meetings with the King, the Englishman and the Alchemist in Paulo Coelho's Novel The Alchemist
The Alchemist The Alchemist is a novel by Paulo Coelho tells a story about a young teenage boy who follows his dream up till the point of travelling to Egypt to find a treasure. Santiago left his parents ideal future for him (becoming a priest) to travel the world, therefore he became a sheperd. One day he met a king wh...
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A Personal Reaction Essay to The Alchemist, a Novel by Paulo Coelho
Just as in the book when Santiago gave up sheep herding, I too can also remember a time in my life when I gave up something worthwhile and important to me too follow what I thought was meant to be (or what I wanted to do). Both the job I had at the county government agency and the business I owned were a part of my dad. My...
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