The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho Essay

1030 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
“This is not about success, accomplishment… it’s about working towards something greater than yourself” (Sicinski, n.d., para. 2). What Sicinski is stating is that the journey one is trying to achieve is not about the end of the quest, but about what learned one learned during the journey. In the novel, The Alchemist, the main character, Santiago, is on the quest to follow his dream. The whole book is about the trials he faced and dominated. Just as the other characters show that accomplishing one 's personal legend is extremely difficult but worth it in the end. Paulo Coelho teaches the trials and outcomes one will face if one is following their dreams more than anything, through Santiago, the Englishman, and the crystal merchant. The crystal merchant is one of the characters that does not chase their personal legend, he shows that it can be extremely difficult and scary to do so. The crystal merchant says “I’m already used to the way things are… I don’t want to change anything, because I don’t know how to deal with change” (Coelho, 1992, pg. 31). The problem the merchant has is that he is too comfortable and does not want change. If he would pursue his destiny he would feel accomplished with himself, but he is too anxious to go follow his destiny. One may be scared to leave their parents to go to college because it is a huge change and investment or if someone is moving they may be panicked because they will not know anyone and they will have to adapt to their new…

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