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Metaphor In The Alchemist
Transcript of Metaphor In The Alchemist
By Katherine Place
What is a metaphor?
A metaphor is a comparison without using "like" or "as".
It is meant to make you think or relate things to each other... giving it deeper meaning and relevance.
What we will be looking at today
The 3 main metaphors in the alchemist...
Life: The Desert
Seeing: The Language of The World
Goals: The Universe
Life: The Desert?or Dessert?
Seeing: Sight? or Insight?
Goals: Passive? Active?
We wander like lost sheep in a desert.
We are deserted.
"The silence of the desert..." (Coelho 88)
Like the desert, we become empty.
"I'm a desert woman... to wander free as the wind that shapes the dunes" (Coelho 98)
We are like sheep in a small community.
We have others.
We find fulfillment.
Therefore life is...
"You don't even have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a single grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation" (Coelho 127)
We see what is in front of us.
"Because people become facsinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World." (Coelho 87)
We always seek.
" They were seeking the treasure of their Personal Legend, without actually wanting to live out the Personal Legend." (Coelho 125)
We just conquer.
We see the deeper meaning.
"... all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand" (Coelho 127)
We find the meaning through seeking.
We live for the journey.
We deserve our destiny.
We will never get to do what we want to.
"Because it's the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive" (Coelho 55)
We will just give up and therefore never change.
"People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being... Maybe that's why they give up on it so early..." (Coelho 24)
We earn what we get from hardwork.
"Go and try... The poor Englishman had travelled all this way, only to be told that he should repeat what he had already done so many times" (Coelho 95)
We can have whatever we want.
"And, when you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it" (Coelho 22)
We will achieve it.
"It's through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. You need to learn only one thing more." (Coelho 125)
The metaphors used prove the following...
One can live their life by themself or with society. However it will be most fufilling with others involved in one's life.
When one "sees" it is very easy to see what is drawn out. However the more difficult thing is to have insight which is ultimately more beneficial.
One can reach their goals without having to actually do anything. However, it is fufilling goals that needs actual effort.
If there is anything that is taken away from this presentation it should be that there are always two ways to look at a problem/metaphor; with pessimism or optimism. We are always given both options but it is what we choose that determines our life.
Life is a presentation; you have both sides to consider, but all that matters is that you click next slide.
Life can be a desert or a dessert.
Sight is sometimes blind to insight.
Goals are an active effort.
. New York: HarperSanFransisco. 2006. Print.