The Alchemist Book Review Essay

993 Words Jan 15th, 2013 4 Pages
* Mundane Wisdom Book review of “The Alchemist” Regine Carlo N. Alvarez BSBA-FTM/ I-2

The theme of the phenomenal novel “The Alchemist” written by Paulo Coelho revolves around dreams, symbols, and adventure. It tells of a young shepherd named Santiago who travels around Andalusia and once dreams of a treasure hidden in the pyramids of Egypt. It is a book full of wisdom and life lessons used to achieved one’s dreams and fulfill self-happiness. The story opens in the mythical region of Andalusia in Spain. The shepherd travels along this place to feed his sheep and to sell wool to merchants. There he finds peace in the familiarity of the place, until his dream is interpreted by a gypsy woman and meets the King
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The Englishman introduces him to different kinds of books and to the art of alchemy as well. The desert woman, Fatima, makes Santiago experience the power of love. He also learns to sacrifice and wait for the right time. And for the last character, the alchemist, he is the one who gives wisdom to the boy. Everything he says is a new lesson to him. Speaking of the plot, “The Alchemist” is a simple story of a young shepherd who dreams of a treasure in the pyramids. But long before that, he becomes a shepherd after his father’s blessing. “Take to the fields, and someday you’ll learn that our countryside is the best, and our women the most beautiful.” He then set but to be a shepherd and buys a flock of sheep. The young shepherd sees the greatness of the world and wonders of the region of Andalusia. Then he dreams of a boy transporting him to the pyramids, he tells the shepherd about treasure hidden in the desert, but never the exact location where the treasure is. The dream is interpreted by an old woman at Tarifa. She says that there is really a treasure in the pyramids and the shepherd must go and get it. After that, he meets an old man while reading a book and evidently wants to talk with him. The old man, Melchizedek, tells him about the “Personal Legend” and encourages him to follow his dream. He also tells him that “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true.” With this in his mind and heart, he

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