1. How is this different from some of the other stories we've read (aside from the fact that it's a novel)?
This story differs from the others we have read by it uses omens to guide Santiago through his journey by using different personification that the soul of the world takes on like through his dreams, the sun, the wind, and the hawks vision. Theses personifications use the Universal Language to communicate with Santiago because the soul of the world knows he can interpret the hidden meanings in nature and find his personal legend.
2. What is an allegory? How does this story fit the definition of allegory?
An allegory is a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a ...view middle of the document...
You are making some sort of assertion about the novel that (if you developed the paper) you would support with evidence from the text. For this forum, however, just write ONE sentence that would serve as your possible thesis. We will be discussing how to develop a strong thesis a little more, so consider this your first stab at it.
The Alchemist is a captivating novel that explains how following your heart can help you accomplish many things including your personal legend.
5. Provide your personal response to this writing.
At the beginning of this book I was not very interested, but as the story progressed. I found myself slowly being pulled in till I could not seem to pull away till I found out what happened. I really like this story because its moral is to follow your heart which is what I have always believed in. By the boy following his heart in the story he learned many new talents and how to listen to the soul of the world. This taught him how to listen to the signs around him the world was showing him. It also teaches us not to dwell on the hardships we encounter because there are always something good waiting around the corner.
Writing Assignment Questions (Respond briefly to at least 2 of these in this forum.)
1. One of the first major diversions from Santiago's journey was the theft of his money in Tangiers, which forced him into taking a menial job with the crystal merchant. There, Santiago learned many lessons on everything from the art of business to the art of patience. Of all these, which lessons were the most crucial to the pursuit of his Personal Legend?
I believe the art of patience is the best lesson Santiago learned because all things come to those who wait. By learning this early in his journey he was in no hurry to accomplish his personal legend. Like the camel driver who was neither interested in the past nor the future just the present and living life when it occurred. By not concentrating on the past or the future he was not worried because life was the moment he was living in now. I believe the camel driver is telling Santiago don’t rush life because you may miss some important life lesson by worrying about something you can’t change or predict. It also helped him continue his personal legend after not knowing how long the journey would take and spending years to get enough money to travel to Egypt. Without patients he would have given up on his personal legend and been like the crystal merchant did.
2. When he talked about the pilgrimage to Mecca, the crystal...