Paulo Coelho's Alchemist Essay examples

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Paulo Coelho's Alchemist

Sometimes in life, when a person wants something with enough passion, everything seems to go perfectly accordingly to how it was planned. Paulo Coelho, the author of the Alchemist, calls this desire a personal legend. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their personal legend is, and at that point in their lives everything is clear and possible. However, as time goes on, a mysterious force seems to blind us of achieving that goal. Through Santiago, the main character, and his attempts at reaching his personal legend, we can be reminded of our own personal legends and become more aware of everything around us.

When the story begins, we find Santiago as a young shepherd whose life is spent
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As he pauses in the desert, a horseman dressed in black rushes him, with a sword raised to kill. "Who dares read the meaning of the flight of the hawks?" he demanded. He does not flee nor does he attempt to fight and protect himself. Instead, Santiago bows his head for the blow and says, "It is I who dare to do so. Many lives will be saved because I was able to see through to the soul of the world." The man in the black slowly lowers his sword and explains to Santiago that he is the Alchemist. The things that Santiago learns from the relationship that they eventually form, show the boy's lack of knowledge on how to attain one's personal legend while also staying true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies, "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."

I thought that Paulo Coelho did an outstanding job in writing this book. I have never read a book that is capable of changing the reader's life or the way that one looks at certain things. Gail Hudson, of Kirkus Reviews, and I agree on many aspects of the book and Paulo Coelho. She thinks that the book is "a bag of wind" that "Americans should flock to like gulls". We

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