Questions and Answers on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

1005 Words Jan 28th, 2018 4 Pages
How is this different from some of the other stories we've read (aside from the fact that it's a novel)?
This story differs from the others we have read by it uses omens to guide Santiago through his journey by using different personification that the soul of the world takes on like through his dreams, the sun, the wind, and the hawks vision. Theses personifications use the Universal Language to communicate with Santiago because the soul of the world knows he can interpret the hidden meanings in nature and find his personal legend.
2. What is an allegory? How does this story fit the definition of allegory?
An allegory is a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral. So the allegory of the alchemist is to follow your Personal legend aka dream. It may take years to accomplish, but when you do accomplish it will just be a sweeter award. The moral of the Alchemist is to follow your heart and dreams it may be a long road, but through that road you learn life lessons that help you achieve your goal.
3. What are your impressions of Coehlo (especially after reading the bio in your notes)?
My impression is he persevered through some very rough times just to accomplish his dreams. I couldn’t imagine my parents committing me to a psychiatric hospital just for following my dreams. I don’t blame Coehlo for leaving home. I believe his life experiences are what made him the man and writer we encounter in the Alchemist. I also…
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