The Alchemist

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THEMES The Alchemist is classified by many as a self-help book. Paulo Coelho did not originally intend for his book to be classified as self-help, as he said in an interview with Hannah Pool, “No, I am not a self-help writer. I am a self-problem writer. When people read my books I provoke some things.” ( Nevertheless, it is undeniable that the themes Coelho included in The Alchemist played a great role in projecting the book as a problem solver. Not classifying the book as self-help gives the reader the chance to explore the book as a novel, and they can then decide about its influence and impact on them by themselves. As humans, once one categorize something in their brain,

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