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The Alchemist

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Hafsa Irfan

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of The Alchemist

Important ethic
When Santiago was robbed and lost all his money, he went to the crystal merchant's shop to get some money to continue his journey. He told the merchant that he would clean the glasses in exchange for food. The merchant replied by saying that in the Koran he is required to feed a hungry person and that he wasn't supposed to clean the windows.
An important ethic that is learnt here is he is a man of high moral standing who is devoted to the principals of his religion. This devotion leads him to feed a poor big in exchange for nothing.

Santiago and I
Santiago and I are alike because both us are curious to know about the world and what it has to offer. Santiago is a shepherd seeing foreign countries whereas I travel often during vacations to new places to learn about different cultures. Both of us are also young and are always looking for something new to do and see.

However, despite these simliarities, Santiago and I are quite different. Santiago is in search of his Personal Legend by traveling far from home in search of a treasure whereas I make small journeys within my mind when I want to accomplish a goal.
Connection made
Part of speech: Noun
Definition: forecast or prediction
Sentence in the novel: "'Be careful with your prognostications,' said the stranger. 'When something is written, there is no way to change it.'" (Coelho 111).
My Original Sentence: The weather man's


about bad weather coming to the city did not come true.
Crystal Merchant
Favorite passage
“If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.” (Coelho 103).

The reason why this is my favorite passage is because this quote explains how to live your life in certain periods. It also involves religion into daily life because that is one main duty we have to fulfill.




Everyone is in search to finding their dream or goal. Santiago is looking for a treasure which he believed where in the Pyramids whereas many people, including I, our journey is what we take and see to accomplish a goal. Finding these dreams or goals takes effort, time and dedication. Sometimes people will give up so much in their lives to accomplish their dreams just like Santiago did. Santiago left his parents and his home behind to find a treasure he believed was buried in the Pyramids.
The crystal merchant works in Tangier and offers Santiago a job in his store. The merchant has a dream to make a pilgrimage to Mecca however, he fears accomplishing this dream because he may have nothing to live for once his dream has been achieved.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
By: Hafsa Irfan - 10B

Scene with imagery
Key symbol and its importance
Theme presented in the novel
The desert represents the difficulties that are present when one is in the search of their Personal Legend. Not only this, but the desert tests Santiago's determination and will to continue. The desert's silence along with its emptiness and monotony test Santiago. However, as he learns, despite the desert being a quiet and boring area it can still house life and the Soul of the World. Santiago is able to turn himself into the wind, with the help of the desert, wind and sun.
Mecca symbolizes the crystal merchant because it was his dream to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, being a faithful man to Islam.
"They walked together through the narrow streets of Tangier. Everywhere tehy were stalls with items for sale. They reached the center of a large plaza where the market was held. They were thousands of people there, arguing, selling, and buying; vegetables for sale amongst daggers, and carpets dispalyed alongside tobacco. But the boy never took his eye for his new friend. After all, he had all his money. He thought about asking him to give it back, but decided that would be unfriendly. He knew nothing about the customs of the strange land he was in." (Coelho 37).
This scene is significant because it sets the stage for Santiago' s robbery. It also shows Tangier's daily life and main hub area. The scene shows Santiago's uncertainity of leaving his money to a stranger and also shows how exicited he was to see the various stalls and what they have to offer.
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