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Themes In The Alchemist

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The Alchemist depicts a story of a humble and youthful shepherd named Santiago, who is looking for a treasure beyond his wildest dreams, or his Personal Legend. The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho shows the many difficulties in not only realizing, but also having the strength and stamina to follow your dreams. Paulo Coelho tackles big and complex universal themes in The Alchemist, however these themes are explained uses simplistic ideas and events in the book. This is why, perhaps, The Alchemist has sold over 150 million copies worldwide and has been translated into a record of 80 different languages. The Alchemist is a strong book because its themes are so universal. One of the major themes of The Alchemist is fulfilling our own “Personal Legend.” Everyone has their own Personal Legend or their ultimate goal in life, but many never pursue it, because it is such an onerous task. However, we ultimately gain euphoria from sacrificing and struggling to realize our dreams. Themes play an extremely important role in The Alchemist. The most important theme in The Alchemist is Unity. Unity is a theme that is mentioned several times throughout The Alchemist. Unity in The Alchemist is referred to as the “Soul of the World” which is a singular soul that binds together all of nature. It binds all forms of nature from the deserts tiny grains of sand to humans. The Alchemist is a book that will forever change the outlook on the world by the people that read it. The Alchemist
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