The Personal Hero In The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

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In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the protagonist, Santiago, becomes greatly influenced through a plethora of people throughout the process of achieving his Personal Legend. His ideas and mentality, the purpose of life itself, and how the Earth functions, develops his character entirely. Furthermore, under the guidance of several mentors, Santiago undergoes a gradual epiphany with a vast understanding of new knowledge. Three influential people who play a massive role on Santiago’s perspective include: the crystal merchant, the Alchemist, and Melchizedek, all of whom assist in Santiago’s transformation and education of the world. Santiago’s journey becomes a prime example of bildungsroman throughout the novel since he undergoes several manipulations that allow these series of events to become a spiritual development. Therefore, Paulo Coelho conveys the theme that oftentimes one can grow through knowledge and understanding, through the guidance of mentors which may alter one’s perspective, giving one a renewed sense of perseverance. The crystal merchant assimilated his ideas into Santiago as an example of a person that required a mentor but did not possess one, revealing the effects of not achieving a Personal Legend, which helped Santiago to succeed. The crystal merchant becomes hopeless because of his own lack of action to ever make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, and assumes that fantasizing triumphs over reality so that it gives purpose to life. Moreover,
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