The Alchemist

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Sonia arzola
Reading 158
Professor Robert A. Unger
01 November 2012

The Alchemist
Foreshadowing or first obstacle helps to identify, or gives a hint (idea) of what the problem of the story is. Paolo Coelho has several foreshadowing events in the Alchemist; for example, the scene in which Santiago relates his dream to the gypsy, regarding the Egyptian pyramids. The dream itself is an indication of a foreshadowing event. It indicates the events that eventually will occur through the book, ‘’gives a taste of the problem ‘’.
2. Yes there is foreshadowing in this plot arc. One example of foreshadowing occurs when Santiago tells to the gypsy about his dream of the pyramids; ‘’I dreamed that I was in a field with my sheep, when a child
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6. Yes the author uses symbolism, one of them is the desert, with its tough conditions and wars, symbolizes the obstacles that await anyone in pursuit of their personal legend; however the desert symbolizes also as an important teacher during Santiago’s journey to the pyramids. The Alchemist states that tests are essential steps to reach one’s personal legend, because they are necessary to create spiritual development. More than the weather of the desert, the desert monotony, desolation and quietness put in tests Santiago’s will. Eventually Santiago realize that even though the dessert appears to be a plain land, it actually possess the soul of the world; he finish up learning to identify all of creation in a single grain of sand, and become aware of the environment, so he learns to recognize signs of life in a deserted place. ‘’Once you get into the desert, there’s no going back,’’ said the camel driver. ‘’ And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best of moving forward. The rest is up to Allah, including the danger.’’(77)
‘’ The desert will give you an understanding of the world; in fact, anything on the face of the earth will do that. You don’t even have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will se in it all the marvels of creation.’’ (127)
7. Yes, the author uses a metaphor:
‘’ The desert is a capricious lady’’ (74)
‘’ Arms are as capricious as the desert,

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