Santiago goes back to Spain, and after finding buried treasure beneath the sycamore tree, decides to return to Fatima and the oasis. He cites how it has been translated into 56 languages and sold more than twenty million copies but does make sure to state that the reason for this success is unknown to him. He takes his food, sleeps, and then the next day embarks on grassy lands with her cattle. Santiago figures he might as well try, what with being captured, so he sits down, concentrates on the desert, and finally he … becomes the wind. Undeterred, he gets a job selling glass, coming up with flashy marketing ideas that bring in all sorts of business. Melchizedek is a Biblical figure who is mentioned in the Bible as a priest and the King of Salem, but whose character is not fully developed.
The ultimate creation of alchemy is the Master Work, which consists of a solid called the Philosophers Stone that can turn lead to gold, and a liquid called the Elixir of Life that can cure all ills. In a traditional fable, characters are often animals that represent a specific trait. But then a woman tells him that his dream is prophetic and he should follow it. At the last minute, though, Santiago decides to risk it all and join a caravan to Egypt. Plot Overview A recurring dream troubles Santiago, a young and adventurous Andalusian shepherd.
The world can be read like a book, but we will never be able to understand it if we have a closed type of existence, complacent with our lot and unwilling to risk anything. As well as being a great story, this book is a fictional alternative to. The old woman, who is a fortune-teller, tells him that this is not an ordinary dream. At first, like most of us would do, he thought of his dream as something he should care about. Because Dol is occupied with Mammon, the conmen agree to have the Spaniard marry the widow, and the widow is carried out by Surly.
The boy has been leading his sheep all this time. When Santiago speaks to them about his dream vision, they decide he must have no money and let him live. Night is falling as Santiago reaches the abandoned church. After that, it became a worldwide phenomenon, establishing Paulo Coelho as a household name. So far everything's going smoothly, which obviously means that something bad has to happen. The Gypsy points him towards the Pyramids of Egypt, where she says he will find treasure.
It may take a while but it has to come out and people will see his potential someday. Go coach a high school or junior high team and work your way up. A dream makes him realize that he should stay here forever because there is a treasure out there for him. Coelho is an outspoken activist for peace and social justice, and also supports the free distribution of his work. The church is the same one in which Santiago had his original dream, and he finally understands where his treasure is. Gee, no way that could go wrong.
The tree is still growing up through the broken roof, and he remembers the time he slept there and had the dream about the pyramids. He never thought that one day he will be embarking on an adventure that will change his life. It is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearning to travel motivates him to take a chance and search for his destiny. After listening to the old woman, Santiago decides to set out on the journey of his life. Though he would never reveal his real identity but he is going to play his role. Santiago tells her about his journey and his dream. But how could he have done that? Then Santiago runs into a mysterious old man named , who tells him that everyone has a Personal Legend they must follow, and that he must listen to omens in order to seek his treasure.
It also may serve as a warning to the reader, at the start of what could be called a self-help novel, about the hazards of self-love. They could come in any form and he needs to recognize them. His ambition is quite different now. Santiago joins a caravan that includes an Englishman, who is searching for the secret of alchemy, or the process of turning metal into gold. And every search ends with the victor's being severely tested.
Immediately, the wind whips up, and Santiago disappears and reappears on the other side of the camp. I guess that he had in his instincts that what it really took. People in his family were quite strict on the religious matters and they were catholic. Gee, where's our guardian angel? Fatima: An excellent Arab young lady who lives in the desert garden. There are a lot of things about life that you learn in this book. He goes into town one day to sell some of his flock, and encounters a tramp-king and a Gypsy woman. Santiago considers staying at the oasis with Fatima, but the Alchemist finds Santiago and tells him that he will lead Santiago to his treasure.
Published during continued international Cold War tensions in the late 1980s, the novel deals directly with themes of fear and control. The real alchemy here, however, is the transmuting of youthful idealism into mature wisdom. The old man that Santiago meets in the town square tells him not to believe 'the biggest lie', that you can't control your destiny. The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel was published in 2010, adapted by Derek Ruiz and with artwork by Daniel Sampere. He remembers the words of the wise man, though, and decides to carry on—getting a job at a local crystal shop. It's your mission on earth.