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The Hero’s Journey in The Alchemist

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The Hero’s Journey in
The Alchemist

The Beginning of the Adventure/Threshold
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Santiago sells his flock of sheep and takes a boat to Tangier in Africa, leaving his shepherd life behind, this being the beginning of the adventure for Santiago. " We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possession or our property..."(76) Here, the camel driver explains how fear is the biggest obstacle to achieving one's own personal legend.
Supernatural Aid/Mentor
A mentor will present the hero with one or more artifacts that will aid them later in their quest. In
The Alchemist by
Paulo Coelho, Melchizedek, the king of Salem, gives Santiago one white stone and one black stone that help read omens. "... don't forget the language of omens..."(32) Melchizedek introduces the topic of one's personal legend and explains that its what you've always wanted to accomplish.
The Road of Trials
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, he works for a crystal merchant in order to earn back some money. He then joins a caravan and has to adapt to desert life. "... I can learn something from the desert..."(76) He journeys to an oasis while facing obstacles, getting closer to achieving his personal legend.
Works Cited
Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. Prague: HarperOne, 1988. Print.
Refusal of the Call
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho the refusal of the call is idealized by Santiago's sheep. He has grown accustomed to being a shepherd. " Sometimes it's better to be a sheep, who don't say anything"(20) Santiago doesn't want to believe the dream. He believes that if he sets off for his journey, the sheep might suffer without him.
The Call to Adventure
In
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
, the call of adventure is represented as Santiago's recurring dream about the treasure in the Egyptian Pyramids. "I'm an adventurer, looking for treasure..."(24) instead of just shrugging off the dream and continuing on his way the way any sane person would, he can't shake the idea that there really is a treasure waiting for him.
The Experience with Unconditional Love
The Ultimate Boon
Refusal of the Return
Rescue from Without
The Crossing
Situational Archetype
Character Archetype
Symbolic Archetype
Desert
In
The Alchemist by
Paulo Coelho, the desert is symbolic of all the obstacles and hardships that stand between people and their dreams. In the novella characters adapt to accept the desert, even listen to it.
Santiago's Sheep
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Santiago's sheep symbolize the existence of people who are blind to see their own destiny. For example, the baker and the crystal merchant have the material needed for acceptance but do not pursue their personal legends.
In
The Alchemist by
Paulo Coelho, Santiago experiences love at first sight when he sees Fatima. "So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you"(156) he gives Fatima a reason, he quotes Melchizedek who says that when someone wants something with all their hearts the universe helps them get it.
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Santiago knows the language of the world and he find his inner self and he finds the treasure. "...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 of the universe..."(137) the hero in which this case Santiago, reaches his final goal, gaining the final reward.
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, throughout his journey, Santiago experienced everything he might have dreamed of and would be content with staying at the oasis with Fatima. "I have been waiting for you here in the oasis for a long time..."(187) holding the reward, the hero, Santiago, does not want to return to his old self.
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Santiago's dream saves him because the men don't believe it's true. "Why don't people's hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?..." following your dream is hard work, when individuals don't believe you, you need to prove to them that it is possible.
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Santiago returns back home and he digs by a sycamore tree, where he finds a chest of coins. If he hadn't pursued his personal legend and listened to omens, his life would have been completely different. The journey has changed the hero and he must learn to integrate his new knowledge with his old life.
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Santiago a adventurous young shepherd determined to fulfill his Personal Legend, which is to find a treasure in the Egyptian Pyramids. Throughout his journey he finds the love of his life, Fatima, but she believes in his dream and lets him go
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Santiago sets off in a journey to follow his dream of finding the treasure. Through his journey he learns many new things that will help him throughout his journey and later will use to affect his old life.
In
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, the desert was a challenge for Santiago he had to adapt with the desert's climate and temperature in order to continue on his journey to find the treasure and complete his dream.
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