Essay on Overview of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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“ Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart”(159). This is what the alchemist said to the main character. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, tells a story of a boy named Santiago, who goes on a long journey to discover his personal legend. As Santiago goes on his journey to pursue his personal legend, he is faced with many challenges, as well as left to make difficult decisions that change him forever. As Santiago travels the world, he becomes a hero. In The Alchemist, Santiago shows characteristics, as well as archetypal characteristics that make him a hero. Santiago displays kindness, bravery and wisdom; also he is considered a hero because he displays many characteristics of an archetypal hero. He displays archetypal …show more content…
If Santiago had not told the chieftains about the omen, then the oasis would have been affected greatly. “I’ve brought omens from the desert... the oasis is neutral ground... no one attacks here”(104-106). This explains how no one hardly ever attacks the oasis and also it explains how the oasis is a neutral ground. The omen that Santiago saw was explaining that the oasis was going to be attacked. Santiago is a heroic figure because he is kind to everyone he meets.
Santiago is a hero because he was always brave, when faced with danger or challenging situations. An example of a brave choice that Santiago made, was when he sold his sheep to get money to travel. “The sale of his sheep had left him with enough money... before long ... he would be at the pyramids”(34). This quote is explaining how he sold his sheep so that he could get enough money to get to the pyramids. He made a brave choice of selling his sheep, which gave him a profit, so that he could find his treasure. Another situation in which Santiago was brave, was when he had to turn himself into the wind. “Fill this place with a sandstorm so strong that it blots out the wind... so the wind blew with all its strength and the sky was filled with sand”(148). This quote explains how the boy turned himself into wind, even though he didn't know how “but I have no idea how to turn myself into the wind”(141). Santiago made the brave

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