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The Alchemist Presentation

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on 22 May 2015

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Setting
In The Alchemist the beginning of the story is taken place the Spanish town of Tarifa and in Spanish pastures. As the story progresses he travels across the Strait of Gibraltar and heads he Tangier Morocco Africa. After he stopped there he crossed the Sahara desert and stops by an oasis. Shortly afterward he travels to Egypt. Then he back tracks and heads back to Spain.
Annotated Passage
Found Poem
The boy began to pray,
a prayer without words or pleas.

It didn't ask.
It didn't beseech.

The boy understood:
the hand had a reason for all.

The hand understood:
it was a larger design.

The boy penetrated the Soul of the World,
and saw:
He could perform Miracles.
Book Review
Summary
Santiago is a Shepard boy who has a recurring dream about finding treasure at the pyramids of Egypt. He is persuaded to follow his dream by a strange old king. Traveling to Tangier, Morocco, in Africa, he is robbed and discouraged from his dream, he decides to work in a crystal shop to re earn his money. After working in the shop he continues on his journey by taking a caravan across the desert to an oasis where he meets the love of his life, Fatima. He also meets the Alchemist who teaches him about the soul of the world. Santiago is tempted to stay with his love at the oasis, but is persuaded by the Alchemist to fulfill his dream. With the Alchemist as a guide, the two travel across the desert, where he teaches the boy to listen to his heart. The two are captured by a desert tribe at war and Santiago is forced to turn himself into the wind, or be killed. He achieves this, and the two are let go. The Alchemist tells him that he must travel the rest of the journey alone. Santiago reaches the pyramids and is told by a thief of a dream that he had of finding treasure in an abandoned church with a tree at its center. This is where Santiago finds his treasure.
Author Biography
Paulo Coehlo was born on August 24, 1947, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His ambition early on in life was to become a writer, but his parents discouraged him from being one. Growing up he was very rebellious, and was committed to a mental asylum three times, starting at age 17. He began to practice the hippie life of 1970's Brazil . He was jailed three times for his political activism and subjected to torture in prison. Then at age 36, he made a pilgrimage to Spain and had a spiritual reawakening when he walked for 500 miles. This had inspired him to write again. He continues to write to this day, but only after he has found a white feather in the January of an odd year.
The Alchemist
By Oscar, Tiffany, and Austen
Related Material
The major theme of my book was Follow your own path and be content with it. A quote that represents this is "It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” (22). I choose this quote because it shows that no matter what the world may have against you dont get off your path and follow it till the end. The related material that I choose for this passage was a songs by Linkin Park called "Roads Untravled" the quote from this song is "Weep not for roads untravled, Weep not for paths left alone, 'Cause beyond every bend, is a long blinding end, its the worst kind of pain I've known" This shows that you shoud not look in the past and regret but keep on moving and follow your own path. in conclusion the theme of the book and song is to not stray off yoour own path.
"From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho"
" This is one of those books you put down after you finish reading it, and think about it for a very, very long time. It is so profound in it's message, and I cannot seem to forget it. It's characters and story are very endearing, and I would recommended the book to anyone."
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