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The Alchemist

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Naomi Kebede

on 16 July 2013

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Transcript of The Alchemist

The Alchemist
The Dream...
The King
while casually reading on the park bench, Santiago soon meets and old man that he first finds annoying at first due to his overflowing questions, but soon admires greatly for teaching him about his personal legend and the soul of the universe. He also tells the boy to follow the omens and that will surely lead him to his goal.
The Crystal Merchant
Santiago soon begins his journey and travels to Tarifa. He befriends a man who offered to accompany him on but just steals his possessions instead.
The Englishman
Santiago met the Englishman on his journey to the desert and befriended him. The Englishman soon introduced the boy to the art of alchemy and traveled together in the caravan.
Tribesman from the war find the Alchemist and the boy and capture them. They are asked what their business is there and in order to escape fatal consequences the boy must be able to turn himself into the wind which he successfully did in 3 days.
Dream are the language of God...
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho is about a young Andalusian boy of the name of Santiago. Due to a recurring dream night after night about treasure at the foot of the pyramids in Egypt, he decides to pursue his goal from a gypsy's interpretation. He encounters an old man, whose real identity he reveals to be the king of Salem and guides and advices the boy toward his personal legend. He also divulges into the topic of omens and how the boy should follow them and their meanings. The boy's journey continues filled with encounters of many people such as a crystal merchant, an Englishman, and an alchemist who all have an important impact on the boy's life and new way of thinking.
Main Characters:
Santiago (Andalusian shepherd Boy, Protagonist)
Melchizedek (Old man, King of Salem)
Fatima (Girl who lives in the Al-Fayoum oasis)
The Alchemist (Very powerful man who lives in the Al-Fayoum oasis)
The Englishman (Travels with Santiago on the caravan to Al-Fayoum)
The Shopkeeper (Gives Santiago a job in Tangiers after he was robbed)
Monk (Not mentioned much but gives Santiago the last gold disk the Alchemist left for him)
Gypsy (Interprets Santiago's dream for him in return for some of his treasure.
Andalusia, Spain
Tangier, Morocco
Al-Fayoum Oasis
Sahara Desert
Tarifa (Province of Andalusia)
Pyramids of Egypt
Interpretation of the dream...
Santiago has an ongoing dream for countless nights unveiling to him treasure that is located in the pyramids of Egypt. He soon gets this dream interpreted by a gypsy who tells him to pursue his goal and bring her some treasure for payment.
The First Encounter...
He soon meets the crystal merchant who employs him until he has enough money. Santiago learns many essential things that will guide him towards his personal legend.
The Thief
The Crystal Merchant
The Alchemist
The Alchemist lives in the oasis and is soon met by Santiago. They soon travel together towards the pyramids and gives the boy guidance and information about the language of the universe and the Soul of the World.
The Englishman
A woman of the desert, who lives in the Al-Fayoum oasis and is Santiago's true love.
The Alchemist and Santiago finally go their separate ways and Santiago continues to the pyramids where is unfortunately robbed and beaten viciously by passing men. Then one of the men gives him some advice which leads him to the conclusion that the treasure isn't in the pyramids after all.
"You old sorcerer," the boy shouted up to the sky. "You knew the whole story. You

even left a bit of gold at the monastery so I could get back to this church. The monk

laughed when he saw me come back in tatters. Couldn't you have saved me from that?"

"No," he heard a voice on the wind say. "If I had told you, you wouldn't have seen the


They're beautiful, aren't they?"
The treasure was actually located under the roots of the sycamore tree in the abandoned church back in Spain.
Thought-Provoking Quote
“It’s [your Personal Legend] what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their
Personal Legend.”
This quote entails that everyone has their own dream of theirs that they maintain at a young age and want to pursue it soon in life. Nobody is afraid to dream and their passion burns inside of them with goals they want to accomplish. Everybody posses the ability to redeem themselves at certain stages in life, and restart until their goal is clear for them to follow again. This quote was the most thought provoking to because it shows that besides the hardships life brings us from day to day to constant remember out dream and and our accomplishments towards it. We all have that yearning of passion that ignite our ambition to help us work towards our Personal Legend.
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” Similar words from author Gloria Steinem, expresses the same message that is being portrayed in the above quote. People should understand that their personal legend is awaiting them, but however realizing what this is seems to escape the vast majority of humanity. In addition, per Paulo Coelho’s quote, the mysterious force he spoke about could always win the mental battle of convincing me that ANYTHING I wanted to accomplish was impossible.
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