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The Alchemist Presentation

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Teressa Schultz

on 19 May 2011

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The Alchemist Paulo Coehlo First Published 1988 Summary Setting The Alchemist Malchizedek Protaganist "He had studied Latin, Spanish, and Theology. But ever since he had been a child he wanted to know the world" Shepherd Spain Has recurring dream about treasure in Egypt While under a sycamore tree Meets Melchizedek, who tells him to sell his flock in Tangier and follow his personal legend. Sells his flock, and is robbed.
Works in a glass shop and becomes rich. Joins a caravan.
Meets an Englishman who is studying alchemy,
and wants to meet the alchemist. Caravan stops Al Faiyum
There he meets Fatima and the Alchemist Starts digging for his treasure.
Two men rob him and beat him up.
One tells him of his dream of a treasure
buried under a sycamore tree. Teaches Santiago about the Soul of the World "Everything is written in the Soul of the World and there it will stay forever" "King of Salem" Introduces Santiago to his Personal Legend "Sometimes I appear in the form of a solution or a good idea" Very old Said to be 200 years old Spain Desert/ Egypt Not many descriptions of setting in the book Important Quotes "What is the world's greatest lie?
It's this: that at a certain point
in our lives, we lose control of
what's happening to us and our lives become controlled by fate." Themes Everything is connected Fate Educated Helps people realize their personal legend Has the elixir of life and
the philosopher's stone repeated throughout the book idea of the "Soul of the World" is “I learned that the world has a soul, and that
whoever understands that soul can also
understand the language of things" "All you have to do is contemplate a simple
grain of sand, and you will see in it all the
marvels of creation. talks about people's personal legends,
what they are ment to do in their lives. Persues his personal legend "We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there" Critical Analysis It was written in Portuguese
has been translated 67 times "There is only one thing that makes a dream
impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." Holds the Guinness World Record for
most translated book by a living author It was in the top spot on
best seller lists in 74 countries Characters Santiago Published in English in 1993 Original name is O Alquimista Brazilian writer.
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