The Journey Of A Personal Journey In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist

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As people set out on their personal legend only few will achieve their ultimate goals. People are scared to achieve these goals because of the fear of failure, love, fear of realizing the dream they have fought for all our lives, and from childhood people are told everything they want is impossible. In Paulo Coelho’s novel The Alchemist, a young boy named Santiago, who was a shepherd decides to follow his dreams in finding treasure at the pyramids in Egypt. Santiago is faced with many obstacles that test his ability to follow his personal legend. While many people would give up Santiago continues on with help from people he meets along the way. Once people realize their dreams, they stop themselves from achieving these aspirations due to the …show more content…
One of the hardest obstacles Santiago faces is deciding to leave his love Fatima and continue on his journey. Fatima is a girl, Santiago meets at the oasis in the desert. She is a woman of the desert and does not fear for the men that go into the desert because if it is meant to be they will return. As Santiago gets ready to leave the oasis and continue on his journey he is troubled with the thought of leaving Fatima, “ His heart was heavy, and he had been melancholy since the previous night. To continue his search for the treasure meant that he had to abandon Fatima.” (Coelho 118). Though Santiago is afraid to leave Fatima he learns from this experience that if your lover holds you back from achieving your personal legend then, that person is not your soul mate. A person 's’ love should never hold them back from achieving their goals, they should be pushing each other to be better and accomplish their goals. So, Santiago does leave Fatima to continue on his journey and knows when that journey is over he will see Fatima again because they are soul …show more content…
Santiago is traveling the desert when a tribe captures him and will only let him go if he proves he is an alchemist by transforming himself into wind. Santiago was afraid to fail and lose his life. He began to doubt himself because he thought it was impossible to turn into wind, “But the boy was too frightened to listen to words of wisdom. He had no idea how he was going to transform himself into the wind.”(Coelho 141). But, then he decided to listen to his mentor, the alchemist and believe in himself. All he had to do was listen to the Soul of the World which he had been doing his entire journey. After realizing he could do what he thought he could not he transformed into the wind and saved himself from death. Many people are so scared to fail that they do not even try to accomplish new goals but, as long as effort is put in the result will not

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