The Alchemist: Dreams: The Theme Of Dreams In The Alchemist

The Alchemist: Dreams
Dreams are the theme that ties together the whole significance of omens and Personal Legends in The Alchemist. Santiago, the main character, is a boy shepherd who is constantly questioning himself as to what his purpose in life is and how he can fulfill it. Throughout the book, he learns that dreams are indications of his own Personal Legend, or inner desire. The author’s message about dreams is that it takes much diligence and desire to fulfill them but it is all very worth it in the end.
“‘..Dreams are the language of God. When he speaks in our language, I can interpret what he has said. But if he speaks in the language of the soul, it is only you who can understand..’” (12) In this quote the old gypsy that Santiago sought out for a dream interpretation is explaining that dreams are the language of God and in this language God tells very important messages which she can interpret. However, everyone interprets dreams differently according to their own lives. The gypsy tells Santiago that if he visits the Pyramids in Egypt, according to his dream, he will find a great treasure that will make him a very rich man. This quote supports the author’s message because it explains how dreams are
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If he abandons that pursuit it’s because it wasn’t true love... The love that speaks the language of the world.” (127) Love is an emotion that influences many and sometimes even distracts them. When Santiago reaches Al-Fayoum with the caravan, he meets a girl there named Fatima and falls in love, but in order for him to continue his quest he must leave her. In this quote the alchemist is reminding Santiago that if it is true love, it will not stop you from following your inner desire or personal legend. The relevance of the author’s message in this quote is that once you have realized your personal legend, you should not let anything get in the way of allowing you to pursue

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