Book Review : Follow Your Dreams Essay

1090 Words Jul 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Follow your dreams
Coehlo starts off with the main character Santiago, a young shepherd, awakening from a dream that he has had twice within a week. “I wanted to sleep a little longer, he thought. He had had the same dream that night as a week ago, and once again he had awakened before it ended” (6). Realizing that this was not a coincidence, Santiago goes to see an old Gypsy woman that could interpret dreams. Here is where the reader finds out that his dream was of a young child that led Santiago to a hidden treasure. “… the child said to me, ‘If you come here [to the Egyptian pyramids], you will find a hidden treasure” (16). Hearing this news the Gypsy woman encourages him to go and find his hidden treasure, and she is not the only one to motivate Santiago to follow his dreams. In fact, Melchizedek, the king of Salem, helps him get to Egypt by encouraging the shepherd to sell his sheep and giving him two rocks, one black and one white. “Take these… they are called Urim and Thummim. The black signifies ‘yes,’ and the white ‘no.’ When you are unable to read the omens, they will help you to do so. Always ask an objective question” (33). Both the Gypsy woman and the king of Salem agree that dreams are a language that the universe speaks in, so that is why they help Santiago to fulfil his Personal Legend. After Santiago meets Fatima and tells her all about his journey, she tells him that she dreamed that the desert would bring her a present. This is an example that dreams do…

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