Characteristic Characters In Santiago In Coelho's The Alchemist

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Register to read the introduction… In “The Alchemist”, Santiago has shown several unique characteristics. He has the courage to go for an adventure, and believes in omens to help him avoid danger, and also knows the secret to become an alchemist. First, he shows courage when he begins to start his journey. Coelho says that “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure” (Coelho 141). Therefore, to define himself he starts to travel all the way to Egypt to seek his treasure. Second, throughout the travel he believes in omens to help him avoid danger. Other than avoiding danger, the omen is helping him to strengthen his heart, and testing his courage by making him face many obstacles. At last, he learns the secret of being an alchemist. He must be balanced; and balance in “The Alchemist” means that he must explore the world, experience it, face it and learn it while pursuing his own personal legend. Also, the personal legend is the reality that he has created during his …show more content…
Coelho has said “Remember that wherever your hearts, there you find your treasure.” (Coelho 158). At the beginning of the story, Santiago had already known what he wanted the most which is to travel. Therefore, he begins his journey and seeks the treasure. The treasure here symbolized his person legends, which is to travel, to explore a new place. While in search for the treasure, he had faced many obstacles. These obstacles have strengthened his heart, and these are the adventures he admires since childhood. At last, Santiago has met his love, Fatima, in the dessert. He says that Fatima is the treasure that he has been looking for. This shows that Santiago values her as much as the travel and the actual treasure he is looking for. These values that Santiago hold has helped him to face the obstacle he had on his journey and helped him in creating his …show more content…
A lot of people would just give up pursuing their dream when they are facing obstacles. Sometimes facing life and death situations, people would choose to follow what could help them instead of facing their reality. Yes, many of us will stop pursuing our dream when facing obstacles. However, if persons have surpassed these obstacles, they would continue to pursue their dream and be more successful. When facing life and death situations, we often are force to do things against our will. But this could be a test in our life that helps us to become stronger, so that later when we are facing a bigger test we would not be afraid. Thus, we will have the courage to create our

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