The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho Essay

1055 Words Dec 8th, 2016 5 Pages
A Personal Legend is what someone is destined to do or is their sole purpose in life. The novel The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is about the shepherd boy Santiago who has a dream about finding treasure, and comes to find out it’s his personal legend to go through all the hardships to find this treasure. Many people today follow Coelho’s expression that in order to achieve true success one has to accomplish the four obstacles when pursing their passions.
A Personal Legend is “… what you have always wanted to accomplish” (Coelho 20). When Santiago finds out that his personal legend is to go search for the hidden treasure, he believes Mechizedek because he had just had a dream about finding this treasure. As Santiago initiates his journey, he comes about some obstacles to overcome in order to achieve his personal legend.
In present day, a lot of people do not figure out their personal legend for a long time and go through a lot of obstacles in order to achieve them. People going through obstacles just like Santiago did to find his personal legend. Achieving a personal legend is one of the most satisfying achievements one can make. In a critical evaluation “Personal Legend and Obligation,” it is stated that “the Soul of the World is nourished by people 's happiness…to realize one 's Personal Legend is a person 's only real obligation”(3).

In order for Santiago to achieve his personal legend, he must encounter his first obstacle. His first obstacle is not being able to…

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