Analysis Of The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

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The novel named “The Alchemist” written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, first published in 1988 and originally written in Portuguese. “The Alchemist” has become an international best seller; now as of 2016 it has been translated to 70 plus languages and sold around an estimate of 75 million copies. Publishing trend report that Paulo Coelho has become the most sold author in the world. Paulo Coelho’s writing style is substantially the reason this novel has attracted millions of readers. Paulo Coelho uses various forms of language to communicate meaning and central aspects of the novel, such as: Personification, simile, symbolism, imagery and allegory. Coelho’s ability to represent ideas in a powerful and well-presented manner is the base of …show more content…
In The Alchemist, it is represented that for one to truly live a satisfying life, one must strive to achieve and pursue their personal legend. The Alchemist portrays that the most important goal in life is the individual pursuit of one’s personal legend and destiny. Spiritual demand is at the heart of the thology in the alchemist. Quote “You came so that you could learn about your dreams," said the old woman. "And dreams are the language of God." (1.48) In this quote the gypsy lady is being very mystical, she is trying to inform santiago to pay attention to his dreams because it is a way which God and the universe communicates with us. In the story we witness that santiago must give up his flock of sheep, his material success and his love fatima to pursue his dream. People like the crystal merchant who do not strive to achieve their personal legends, will ultimately regret and fail to experience the wealth, and personal satisfaction of achieving their personal legend. Quote “Why don't people's hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?” the boy asked the alchemist. “Because that's what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don't like to suffer." (2.515-16), the alchemist knows that the crystal merchant wants to pursue his personal legend, however achieving a dream also takes hard work and dedication. The main point is that one did not say it is easy to achieve their dream, although people have said it is worth it when one fulfills their destiny. Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” is a written philosophy for life, to encourage people to follow their dreams, believe, have hope and finally count on God and the universe to help you work toward achieving one’s

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