Readers will learn all the benefits of following the right path that they want to take in order to be happy in life by comprehending The Alchemist. Shepherds and Sheep: These are symbolic for Coelho of the less-than-extraordinary; for Santiago, the alternative to pursuing his Personal Legend is a return to his life as a shepherd. The man leads Santiago through the plaza, a maze of people, vendors, and animals and, eventually, Santiago loses the stranger and all his money. Example, Santiago tries to listen to heart, and then his heart actually talks to him. With treasures people tend to not believe them when they have something of value. His encounters with a king, a crystal merchant, and an alchemist along the way all provide him with knowledge about the universe and omens, so he may succeed in his quest. Having no money to finish his journey, or even turn back home, he is forced to find work.
For example, the symbol of the Emerald Tablet reveals the value of humility and simplicity, and the humble characters who support and guide Santiago on his quest include poor merchants, the camel driver, and a generous monk. What had minutes beforehand seemed like a perfect way to his treasure was now only an empty promise. Even though he uses Urim and Thummin one time, the stones help Santiago realize direction and patience, while also helping him realize what he needs to do to succeed in achieving his dreams. Santiago leaves the chieftain and encounters a powerful, intimidating stranger on horseback, who terrifies him at swordpoint. Santiago's arrival at the pyramids is somewhat evocative of another quest, that of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey. When Santiago hears this, he asks why they do not simply observe men and omens and learn about the universal language that way.
The baker and the crystal merchant represent the loss of the dream. Santiago sold his sheep and was traveling through Tangier when he stopped in a bar. Santiago relies upon these gems on a few different occasions in the novel for comfort, but only uses them once to read omens. Whoever swallows that elixir will never be sick again, and a fragment from that stone turns any metal into gold. Summary Santiago rides his horse through the desert for many more hours, trying to listen to it again so as to learn the exact location of the treasure. The soldiers leave but not before the leader explains a recurrent dream that he had.
As it did so, a sudden, fleeting image came to the boy: an army, with its swords at the ready, riding into the oasis. Unlike Santiago, this man pays his dreams no mind, with the result that he lives as a robber, a criminal. She explains how she is glad to let him go and wish for his safety until he returns, as it is something his must do. He is also showing Santiago why he is not afraid of the wars, and why he is happy to even be alive at that point in time. No surprises here: not only does alchemy show up over and over as Santiago tries to reach his treasure, it's in the title and everything. She explains that she is a woman of the desert and that, since she is a woman of the desert, she is used to watching husbands leave. .
It means that there are practical things he needs to take care of while he is pursuing his big dreams. In the novel, Santiago travels to many different locations that do exist in the real world. On this journey Santiago comes across different people and aspects that represent literary and historical allusions, this includes a king named Melchizedek, a crystal merchant and an alchemist. Of course, this isn't just a literal novel about alchemy, although that would be pretty cool, too. Santiago screams at them that he is only looking for treasure because he dreamed twice about a buried treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. While this is not a traditional style in which a symbol is used and may not be noticed by a reader their first time reading the book, it is a prevalent relation that adds depth and character to the book.
When Santiago tries to ask too much of the stones, they fall through a hole in his sack as a reminder he is supposed to make his own decisions. When the vision proves correct, he is seen as a man of the desert and is asked to be the counselor of the oasis. We will go into each category of these omens with more detail in order to get a better understanding of their presence. Themes The Centrality of Personal Legends According to The Alchemist, Personal Legends serve as the only means by which an individual can live a satisfying life. Lumping alchemy in with a universal language and world religion shows us that alchemy is another way of understanding the language of the universe in this novel.
More irony: The gold that the alchemist created from lead is precisely what causes the thieves to believe that Santiago is digging for more treasure, and to beat him. He meets an old Crystal Merchant who talked Santiago in to working for him. He had heard people speak of mirages, and had already seen some himself: they were desires that, because of their intensity, materialized over the sands of the desert. Thieves: represent everyone who tries to find a shortcut to his or her Personal Legend. He first meets her at the oasis by the water well. When I'm eating, that's all I think about.
Through the entirety of his journey, he is told that his treasure lies at the pyramids. Desert: The desert is symbolic of all the obstacles and hardships that stand between people and their dreams. This mirage reference gives the reader a sense of humor and knowledge that, the whole journey was made up for the purpose of personal growth. He has spent so much time with his sheep that he feels he learns more from them, than he would a book. It seemed that he was so close to his treasure, just one grain of sand away when suddenly he is told how far he truly is from obtaining it. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.
These symbols allow the reader to gain valuable insight into the piece through background knowledge and relations to the symbol itself. Because I don't live in either my past or my future. It describes how, if a person maintains their intended path and listens to their heart, they will have treasure beyond their dreams, find personal and spiritual growth, and be truly happy. The more that he stays at the crystal shop, the more he sees his treasure as a mirage instead of a physical object. But he certainly didn't desire that an army invade the oasis. The story follows the main character Santiago, born in small town Andalusia, as he leaves his life of a comfortable shepherd behind and sets out across deserts and continents.