The Alchemist By Paulo Coehlo Essay

1265 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout the world, people seem to be divided amongst two distinct groups: those who love nature, and those who love mankind 's nurture of its own kind. While those who love nature spend the majority of their time exploring throughout, whether by hiking, camping, fishing, etc. those who do not share this love, tend to spend their time indoors. However, it must be noted, that neither group is ultimately correct, nor is on groups ultimately incorrect. It is the mixture of these two groups where the truth lies. In all honesty, mankind can find similarities (to itself) in both realms, providing a sense of comfort. In The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo, this idea is expressed and explored, via comparisons to metallic substances, deserts, and universal spirits, proving how human beings must embrace all aspects of life in order to truly attain wisdom. To begin, as Santiago is reading a book on alchemy, the Englishman whom he meets begins to add insight onto the story. He states, '"The alchemists spent years in their laboratories, observing the fire that purified the metals. They spent so much time close to the fire that gradually they gave up three vanities of the world. They discovered that the purifications of the metals had led to a purification of themselves" ' (Coehlo 39). Here, as is done throughout the novel, one of the individuals whom Santiago meets expresses an idea that means much more than it seems to at first. The Englishman is teaching Santiago about a much bigger…

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