The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

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Love in the Alchemist
In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho implies a secondary theme of love through Santiago and Fatima’s clear expressions of love for each other. Santiago’s expression is shown in his early confession and request for Fatima’s hand in marriage (Coelho, web). Fatima’s expression is through selflessness, in encouraging Santiago to follow and chase his dream (Coelho, web). This gives Coelho’s readers a peek into his own personal views on love, and confirms aspects of what professionals in the social sciences have been trying to prove about this mysterious phenomenon.
In The Alchemist, the theme of love shines through the moment Santiago lays eyes on Fatima. “At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still… When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke—the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.” (Coelho, 37). It would appear to most that this was love at first sight. But is love at first sight real? Anthropologist, Helen Fisher, has dedicated years of her life studying and researching the effects that being in love has on individuals, and sums her discoveries up in three parts; sex drive, romantic love, and attachment to another person (Why we love, why we cheat, Feb. 2006). According to Helen, the sex drive is what would be triggered by “love at first sight.” When men or women first…
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