Identity In The Alchemist

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The Alchemist is the story of a young shepherd named Santiago who decides he wants to find his personal legend rather than be a shepherd for the rest of his life. Santiago is the protagonist of our story who at first is happy being a shepherd, has few desires other than some wine, his sheep and a book. However, fate plays a part in his future and sends him off to pursue his dreams and the Egyptian Pyramids. Santiago learns to listen to his heart and eventually he returns to Spain and the tree where he had his first dream. There he digs a hole and finds a trunk full of treasure for him and Fatima. Santiago is probably one of those kids who spends the majority of his time on Google Earth, checking all of the places he would like to visit. In…show more content…
This is where we meet the Englishman who believes in omens and “all his studies were aimed at finding one true language of the Universe” (Coelho 66). He is very much like Santiago, chasing his treasure, but he pursues his journey in a much different way. The Englishman is different form the boy, because he focuses on his books and prefers the books to interacting with people. Santiago and the Englishman both have one thing in common, which is reaching their Personal Legends. The Englishman teaches Santiago about his books and Alchemy. From Santiago he gets a friend. Unfortunately, the Englishman is not ready to be an alchemist because he spends more time with his books than having any kinds of life experiences. Knowledge from books is good but we also need experience. He tells Santiago, “It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least I didn’t’ wait twenty years” (Coelho 98-99). The Englishman shows Santiago that his way to the Personal Legend is not the only way and he needs to follow the signs to reach his

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