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The Alchemist

English project

Briana Branstetter

on 9 January 2013

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Transcript of The Alchemist

The Alchemist By Paulo Coehlo Obstacles Symbols and Omens Omens and symbols Pursuing dreams The Alchemist The King The Englishman Teachers The Alchemist teaches Santiago many things. He taught the boy to never give in to his fears. He taught him that by making yourself better, the things around you become better, as well. The Englishman taught Santiago that everybody learns in a different way. By being absorbed in his studies and books, he teaches Santiago that when you become so deeply engrossed in something, you may miss out on the simplicity of the subject. The King teaches Santiago that everybody has a destiny, and that he should follow his destiny no matter how far the journey he has to disembark on ends up being. The King also taught the boy that not everything is as it seems. The boy follows many 'omens'. To leave the merchant in order to go on a caravan that he may die in, Santiago has to trust that he will find something better than the life he has there (Coelho, pg 74). To leave Fatima behind him, he has to trust that their feelings for each other won't change, and that someday he will be with her again (Coelho, pg 130). The biggest challenge, in my opinion, is change. Santiago goes from an ordinary shepherd, to a boy that's followed his destiny and found his treasures. Throughout his journey, Santiago changes many times Personally, I do not believe in omens and symbols. I don't have the faith in them to let them control my life. To me, there's no proof of these little things having any real significance, which is why I don't believe in them. Fatima The Sheep Camel Driver The sheep taught Santiago many things. They taught him important skills for being a shepherd as well as that just because you're not intentionally obtaining knowledge from something or someone, doesn't mean that you're not learning. Trust and Belief Change The camel driver teaches the boy to always live in the present. He teaches him to just focus on what's happening now and how you are going to progress and grow in the future. " You can't go back, you have only to worry about the best way of moving forward. " (Coelho, pg 80). " If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man. " (Coehlo, pg 88). " Eat when it's time to eat. And move along when it's time to move along. " (Coehlo, pg 94). Fatima teaches the boy how important love is. She shows him that love will wait, and that it will last even over a great time and distance. As Shakespeare says in Sonnet 116, lines 2-3, "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds". Just because the boy is going away doesn't mean that the love goes away, too. "The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself" (Coelho, pg 137). "Wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure" (Coelho pg 135). A big obstacle that Santiago faces is pursuing his dreams. He has to face and overcome many people and situations in order to reach his treasure. What Santiago overcomes and achieves while pursuing his dreams: Boy stealing his money. Leaving Fatima behind. Bandits at pyramids. Turning into the wind. War in the desert. Omens that Santiago follows: Urium and Thumium "It's only those who are persistent, and willing to study things deeply who achieve." (Coelho, pg 86). " Everyone has his or her own way of learning things." (Coelho, pg 87). Englishman Sanitago "One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving." (Coelho, pg 128). "A shepherd may like to travel, but he should never forget about his sheep." (Coelho, pg 34). " At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest lie." (Coelho, pg 18). Serving tea in crystal glasses A butterfly "When you are loved, you can do anything in creation" (Coelho, pg 155). "Sometimes it's better to be with the sheep, who don't say anything. And better still to be alone with one's books" (Coelho, pg 20). "And maybe it wasn't that they were teaching me, but that I was learning from them" (Coelho, pg 60) Learning from others is an important thing to do, but that's not the only way you should learn. Personal view Personal view Obstacles are an important part of life, and I believe that we all need to face many in order to really live our lives. Citation Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. Print.
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