Narrative Essay: Growing Up In Cathedral City, California

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(Anecdote) Growing up in Cathedral City, California was quite different compared to living in Palm Desert, California. To say the least, danger seemed to be a popular subject in that town. Soon enough, my siblings, Laura and Daniel, and I had grown accustom to hearing gunshots and the sirens of emergency services being repeated as much as the songs on the radio. As clearly shown, our community was not exactly what my family expected when we moved there. Not only was gunfire a regular background noise, but on multiple occasions, strangers decided it would be acceptable to sneak into our backyard and steal our belongings, which in reality did not have much value. Although most times they would quickly come and go, once there was a man who wanted …show more content…
From the very beginning, Paulo Coelho introduces Santiago’s first love interest who happened to be the merchant’s daughter, a girl the shepherd never stopped thinking about (8). This first love is what gave Santiago the strength to do better for himself. Later in his journey, he arrived at the oasis, but he and the Englishman wanted to find the Alchemist. They started questioning the people who crossed their path if they know about him. Soon after he met Fatima, who he quickly claimed that he loved and wanted to marry (95-98). The feelings Santiago had towards Fatima were the genuine kind that would sacrifice everything for her, yet he knew he had to continue his path. While dreaming about hawks Santiago suddenly got a vision and soon after, is told that the information should be told to the tribal chieftains and although he first does not want to he thinks about Fatima and does it for her (103-107). Although Santiago was scared that they would laugh at him, he soon realized it must have been a sign from god and pushed his worries aside to protect Fatima. Lastly, even after everything Santiago suffered on his attack he was happy for he would finally be able to return to Fatima (171). Perhaps if it was not for his love for Fatima, he would not have done all of his actions toward completing his Personal Legend. Although love gave him the strength to accomplish everything he did, not having omens …show more content…
Throughout the book, The Alchemist, Omens are certainly a theme the author wants to address. Santiago is first introduced to omens when Melchizedek, the king of Salem, reads Santiago’s mind about what his grandfather said about good omens. These good omens included butterflies, crickets, and four leaf clovers (32). These good omens are what could be the difference between success and failure. Secondly, after being robbed Santiago ends up at a shop that sells crystals and offers to clean the crystals in exchange for food. Although the crystal merchant did not agree, Santiago did it anyway and the merchant bought him food. The crystal merchant offered Santiago a job because while working, two customers entered which was a good omen (48, 49). Not only were omens important to Santiago but also to the crystal merchant because of the success he saw. Soon after Santiago decided to leave his job at the crystal shop, he pulled his jacket from his pouch with a little surprise. Urim and Thummim fell out and he realized that the omen reminded him of where he needed to go (63, 64). Omens are what help Santiago on his journey to do his best no matter how long it had been. Lastly, after leaving the crystal shop he went on his journey to the Egyptian Pyramids, but on the way there the group he was in had to stop in an oasis called the Al-Fayoum oasis where he got an omen warning about an attack (103). Omens like these are what

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