Essay on The Alchemist

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The

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"A Fable About Following Your Dreams."

By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

I. Life of the Author

Paulo Coelho was born on 1947, Brazilian writer, best known for mystical fables told in simple yet symbolic language. He has received wide popular acclaim both in Brazil and internationally for his work about spiritual quests of self-discovery. Written in Portuguese, Coelho’s books have been translated into many languages. Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Concerned with his teenage rebelliousness and desire to be a writer, his parents sent him to a mental institution, where he received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). In 1970 Coelho dropped out of law school and traveled around South America,
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This novel helps us to know that we can achieve the true happiness in life if we are able to follow our Personal Legend. A person who doesn’t want to pursue his dreams or his personal calling is also a person who disobeys the will of God. By reading it also, we can feel some romance between the main character and his twin soul. It says that love is the foundation of existence and of all creations.

To reach for our dreams and to follow our Personal Legend in life may require having a big sacrifice and leave some things that we usually do. This novel inspires many people to achieve their dreams in life and to follow their own Personal Legend. The road may seem so hard and endless but after all we can achieve the real happiness that will satisfy our hearts.

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IV. Reading of the Novel

A. Setting

- First the story took place in an abandoned church at Andalusia, but after the boy’s dream was interpreted, the story now took place at Tangier, Al-Fayoum oasis and the Egyptian Pyramids where he had his adventures in finding his treasures.

B. Characters

Major Characters

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Minor Characters

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