Analysis Of Paulo Coelho's Journey In The Alchemist

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As Drake, a three time grammy winning rapper, said in his high school graduation speech,“Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” These journeys can be hard, and in The Alchemist Santiago learns that his journey taught him a lot of the values that shape his personality. Paulo Coelho represents the “everyman” with Santiago, and uses his journey to communicate the moral of the novel which is the journey you follow while pursuing your Personal Legend is the treasure not the treasure itself, once again relating back to Drake’s quote. In The Alchemist Paulo Coelho uses Santiago to illustrate that completing your Personal Legend is not easy, and you need to take wisdom from others, be willing to change, and persevere through hardships in order to succeed. Wisdom is usually passed on by someone who is elder to you, and wisdom allows you to have a larger perspective on precise situations. At the beginning of the novel, the king introduces Santiago to the idea of “discovering [one’s] Personal Legend,” but at the time Santiago, “ didn’t know what a person’s Personal Legend was.”(23) Paulo Coelho included this detail in the book to show the connection between wisdom from others and pursuing our dreams. Without the king’s input on Santiago’s recurring dreams, Santiago wouldn’t have known what his Personal Legend was or what a Personal Legend is for that matter. This connects to us because in the real world many thrive off of others. For example,

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