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The Alchemist Essay

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In The Alchemist there were obviously many characteristics,one of them being hard work. In this work hard work was displayed as putting effort but also making your mind also work hard. For example Santiago showed this by helping the crystal merchant expand and make his shop popular as it was when he first opened it. Before that event he was a shepherd and of course that required a lot of work. For example, he made his internal self work hard when he embarked on the journey, and he had to thoroughly understand the meaning of his heart. He had to understand what his hearts reactions were. It was mentally telling him fear, love, understanding among other things.
The entire book was about him going on a journey and finding his treasure. This required a great amount of courage. To get to his treasure, he had to face many emotions, and it takes a great amount of courage to do that, because if we don’t pay attention to our emotions to certain things than it becomes slightly scary to find out how you react to the emotions when you are paying close attention. Also, an obvious example of courage is when Santiago becomes the wind to escape the desert warriors. Not only does he have the pressure of having his life taken away, but he also tries to do something he has never done before, under pressure.
Santiago also showed strong signs in the beginning of the book, of being independent. The explanation that Santiago gave of how he had learned how to read, he stated that “his parents had wanted him to be a priest...but ever since he had been a child, he had wanted to know the world…” (Coelho 16). This shows that Santiago liked being independent. Also, he would talk to his sheep, and he did not find it weird to do so.
The journey was definitely built upon the idea of lifelong learning by stating “…everyone believes the world’s greatest lie. It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” (Coelho 18). The author used this in Santiago’s life to make the reader remember life events.It is also that the character would understand and remember the lessons. For example, Santiago stated many times throughout the book “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” (Coelho 23) Whenever...

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