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The influence of each character on Santiago...
Transcript of The influence of each character on Santiago...
Melchizedek is the king of Salem, a mysterious far-off land.
- He introduces Santiago to what he calls the World greatest Lie which is destiny or fate controlling our futures.
The king of Salem always appears to people who are trying to their reach their personal legend, even if they don’t know it.
Melchizedek is also the first character in The Alchemist to display magical powers.
Everything in life has a price.
He gives Santiago the magical stones Urim and Thummim which will help him make a decision should he be unable to make a decision himself.
Omens offer guidance to Santiago on his journey and reassure him that the Soul of the World has endorsed his journey.
He is an important character who Santiago met in Tangier.
He is an old religious man
He treated the boy fairly and taught him alot.
Both, the crystal Merchant and Santiago influenced each other during the 11 month that Santiago stayed in Tangier.
First, Santiago suggested to build a display case for the crystal.
In this situation, the merchant at the beginning refused because he was worried if the people bumped into the display case and break the crystal pieces
This shows that the merchant was afraid of trying new things.
But the boy realized that a person can never be successful unless when he sets a target and tries new things.
Fatima is the only female character in the novel.
He falls in love with her and thinks about giving up his fame to be with her.
True love never gets in the way of living one's life to the fullest.
Since Fatima is part of Santiago's fate, she does not stand in the way of his Personal Legend and insists that he seek out his Personal Legend before they marry.
“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions or our property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”
King of Salem
Second, when the merchant was telling Santiago about his dream; which was to go for a pilgrimage, he mentioned that he "doesn't like change" and that's why he is afraid to achieve his dream because he thinks that when he does so, he will have no purpose in living.
The difference between both characters here is that, the merchant prefers to keep dreaming, while Santiago wants to realize his dreams.
Third, when the boy suggested to start selling tea to the people who climb the hill
The merchant was afraid that the shop expands and that he will have to change his life. This shows that he doesn't know how to deal with new experiences.
While Santiago was looking forward to collect money as soon as possible in order to buy sheep and travel back to his country.
Of course Santiago learned many things after he spent almost one year with the crystal merchant, including:
1. How to deal with crystals.
2. The language without words.
4. Learned the Arabic language.
5. " el maktoub"
A worldview we haven't seen before in the novel:
a highly educated Westerner
relies on learning rather than instinct to guide him
Santiago runs into him on his Journey.
They share a commitment to pursuing their Personal Legends.
He teaches Santiago:
1. The value of book learning
2. Introduces him to important concepts in alchemy
The Soul of the World
" When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World.It's always a positive force.
3. His first setback of losing all his money doesn't mean he has to give up.
he will continue his efforts to follow himself.
But the two have something to learn from each other:
The Englishman said: " I'd better pay more attetion to the caravan."
The boy said: " I'd rather read your books
The Englishman gives Santiago another piece of the puzzle in finding his Personal Legend.
~Mariam El Rayes
~ Merihan El Sherbiny
Around 200 years old he lives in Al-Fayoum Egypt and is regarded as a
very important person in the Oasis.
• We first learn about the Alchemist from the Englishman.
• In possession of the Elixir of Life and the Philosopher’s Stone.
• He was tasked to guide Santiago toward fulfilling his Personal Legend and
teaching him into learning more about the Language of the World and
understanding the Soul of the World.
• "Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of
• The Alchemist telling Santiago what would happen in the next few years
of his life if he doesn’t seek to fulfill his Personal Legend.
• Encouraging Santiago to listen to his heart so he can gain an
understanding of the Soul of the World.
• When the three horsemen searched his possessions and asked the
alchemist what they are and laughed at his answer, telling Santiago that
people rarely believe a person when they say they possess a treasure.
• Offering Santiago’s money to the tribe that captured them.
• Telling the tribesmen that Santiago is an alchemist and can turn into the
• “What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the
Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way.
It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to
realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve
moved toward that dream.”
• Each challenge served its purpose in helping Santiago learn the Language
of the World and gain his supernatural abilities as well as gaining a
transformation of his own.