Eventually the father tells Santiago that the only way someone of his station can travel the world is by being a shepherd. Not having to forage food for themselves, they have forgotten their instincts. With this realization, Santiago turns from negative thinking to positive thinking and perhaps this is why Melchizedek gave him the stones in the first place. Analysis Part I of the novel, which ends with Santiago accepting a job at the crystal shop, includes the main character's introduction, acceptance of challenge and initial setback. Readers will learn all the benefits of following the right path that they want to take in order to be happy in life by comprehending The Alchemist. He knew that she was the most important person in his world, and was willing to forget about the treasure, if that was what it took to have her. He tells him to ask heaven.
Santiago slept under a sycamore tree, which sat outside of an old church. A girl came up to the well and after Santiago took one look at her, he declared that he loved her. He walks through the marketplace, stopping to help a candy seller assemble his stall. That same evening, Santiago was approached by a horseman in all black who asked him how he came to read the omens. If he's still alive tomorrow night, Santiago should visit him.
The old man also tells the boy to not give up and to go forth and search for the treasure before it is too late and he gives up. Melchizedek seems to be able to read Santiago's mind and promises to tell him about the treasure in his dream if he gives him one-tenth of his sheep. After seeing the gypsy, he met a mysterious magical old man who seemed to know exactly who he was and what he is after. He finds some rocks, and some people come up to him, asking him what he's doing. Before he goes though, he tells Santiago not to be so stupid, that he himself had dreamed of a treasure right on that spot. Because the sheep focus only on food and water, they don't see that the places through which they travel are new every day. While working he helped the merchant get more and more business by offering ideas and new services.
He must choose between something he is familiar with and something unknown that he wants to have. He feels troubled by his thought, and that night has the same troubling dream he had the year before. He remarks that their actions are those of infidels. This is another ancient archetype that Coelho uses—that of the god or wizard, etc. There is a pause, and Santiago's soul falls silent. If he said anything, the baker would spend time questioning the profession that he has worked hard to achieve. The moral of the novel is shown through Santiago as he strives to acquire the treasure so that he can fulfill his needs to live a satisfying life.
Summary An unnamed alchemist reads a variation on the Greek myth of Narcissus, the beautiful boy so enchanted by his own reflection in the surface of a lake that he falls into the water and drowns. The next day, Santiago met up with the old man and gives him one-tenth of his sheep. The people that want to conquer their legend will always have many challenges to face, but that shouldn't stop them from trying and finding ways to complete the challenge. He sleeps in an abandoned church and has a dream he's had once before. Both the boy in the story and Santiago are beginning a quest, and along the way they will learn from a wise man currently Melchizedek himself, but Santiago will later encounter the alchemist who will serve as a mentor. He reflects that his sheep were always aware of omens in the natural world, like signs that there was water or danger nearby.
The 'Girl' The narrator explains that the boy frequently talks to his sheep, sometimes reading a book to them, other times commenting on the villages, or simply of his thoughts of the life of a shepherd. He tries to concentrate on getting to his treasure. Santiago says nothing in response to the story, as he understands its message: even though he may travel, he should never forget about his sheep. He goes from Andalusia, Spain to Tangier, from Tangier he travels to the Saharan oasis Al-Fayoum. A crystal merchant notices Santiago in the plaza and watches him. Melchizedek says that sometimes he appears in the form of a solution or a good idea at a crucial moment, just when somebody is about to give up on his or her Personal Legend.
Santiago knows a lot of people in Tarifa. This is not presented as a Christian kind of god, but rather as a vaguely pantheistic idea. It is not always an easy task, but one is not alone. Later on that day, the boy is reading his book, when an old man came by him and tried to start a conversation. The boy travels through the desert until he comes upon a beautiful castle where the wise man lives. Finally he told his father. After they've eaten, the crystal merchant offers Santiago a job in his store.
He looks at the stones and feels relieved, because perhaps he could sell them and buy a return ticket to Spain. As the novel continues, these views will change, and the image of St. While in Africa, as the author describes, the boy feels insecure because of the language barrier, but quickly entrusts in a boy who speaks the same language as he and invites him along his journey. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, we are introduced to a strong young man who went by the name of Santiago. He reflects that one needs to be prepared for change.