The Alchemist

The Alchemist


The Alchemist is a unique piece of fiction, it utilizes not only literary trends and conventions associated with characters storytelling and plots but also its wildly original and speaks to the kind of imagination.

Author Paulo Coelho would become known for in all of his writing it's evocative not just of the archetypal hero's quest but of religious pilgrimages, like the one Quello himself took. The author of The Alchemist Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro on August 24th 1947 his parents committed him to a psychiatric facility, when he was just 17 years old and he spent a lot of his youth in and out of institutions and in prison.

 Later he went to law school but dropped out experimenting with drugs and playing music. At one point he was jailed for political activism and was even tortured in prison. understanding these background pieces of Paulo Coelho his life will help you understand the critical journey and spiritual awakening of the alchemist.

Review And Summary Of Book

At the onset of the alchemist we meet Santiago, he's a shepherd and he's chosen this job because it allows him to travel, this speaks to his curiosity and expanding his horizons by seeing more of the world.

Santiago dreams buried treasure at the pyramids, he learns a lot through observation and he realizes that he's formed a bond with his sheep that works beyond language but his sheep are also followers, content with living moment-to-moment with no real hopes or dreams.

He makes an important decision to pursue his visions and seek out his incredible treasure. He meets Malka Tzadik king of Salem who uses magic powers to convince Santiago to follow his dream and live out his personal legend. He also introduces Santiago to the notion of oneness, the idea that all things are related.

The Alchemist

 Santiago sells his sheep off for Egypt, and now a clever thief robbed Santiago on his first day in Tangier. Santiago considers going home and giving up, instead he realizes that even though he can't understand the language, he can communicate with people there. He decides to continue being an adventurer.

Santiago gets a job working for a crystal merchant. After helping the merchants business succeed, the merchant realizes his own life has been stalled out and unsuccessful because he hasn't been pursuing his personal legend, instead remaining content with things as they are. Santiago's transformation and his ability to transform others has begun.

Santiago crosses the desert by Caravan, where he meets an Englishman, who's an avid reader and seeker of a 200 year old alchemist, who lives nearby alpha oom an oasis.

Once the caravan arrives at Alpha Human, Santiago meets Fatima, a young woman of the desert, who falls in love instantly.

 Santiago also envisions an attack on the Oasis, after observing two Hawks as an omen because of Santiago's ability to read omens by observing the world around him the Oasis is saved. This also draws the attention of the alchemist himself, who takes Santiago under his wing, teaching him the principal philosophies of alchemy, which is about more than turning metals into gold.

The alchemist guides Santiago but they're captured and as the ultimate test. The alchemist promises their captors that Santiago can transform himself into the wind within three days, if he doesn't he offers their very lives at the dramatic climax of the alchemist, santiago speaks with the wind and the Sun who each realised that they are all creations of the same hand, the soul of all things indeed Santiago turns into the wind liberating he and the alchemists and proving the power of his literal transformations.

 At last Santiago reaches the pyramids and he breaks down weeping at their beauty. However his quest is not yet at an end, refugees beat up Santiago but just as they're leaving, one reveals to him his treasure buried at a church's sycamore tree in Andalusia. Where Santiago's journey began, he has gone full circle and by remaining attuned to the Uniting spirit of the universe which guides all things he has achieved his personal legend.


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Santiago discovers his treasure home in Andalusia crying out with joy over the treasures of life experiences his journey has brought him.

 The alchemist is rich with symbols. 

First of all there's alchemy itself. It's introduced as a way to turn base metals into gold but really it's about the evolution of things and harmony with nature, it's not just a magic act but a way of living and being in the world.

Then there's universal language, something beyond spoken language that unites all living things; understanding this in his sheep is what begins Santiago's character transformation, from Carius boy to alchemy wielding communicator Hyrum.

Those sheep themselves are symbols to their Santiago's flock and they would allow him to travel and learn in the first place, but they're also content with simply being given food and water but Santiago yearns for more. sheep a representative of people who live out their lives without ever achieving or even starting on the journey to their personal legends.

There are a number of central themes in The Alchemist

First free will versus fate making choices that unlock the riches literal and metaphorical. In light these two work together to build character in Santiago.

Then there's oneness the universal language that guides us all. Then there's the personal legend of destiny growing and working in tandem with all things from people to creatures to omens to the elements themselves to evolve towards powerful goals.

The alchemist is a metaphysical mystical epic; it's an allegory for life's journey full of growth, development, destiny and the treasure.