Open-Ended Question 1. What do you think Santiago will do with his life after he travels back to Egypt for Fatima?
To begin, Santiago learns a valuable lesson about self awareness. For example, while Santiago is talking to King Melchizedek, he tells Santiago a story of a wise man who gave a spoon with oil to a boy, and told him to walk around the palace. The boy does, but does not see any of the wonderful things around him, yet when he looks at those things, he drops the oil, Santiago learns the lesson from the story:"The secret of happiness is to see all of the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil in the spoon” (35).
One's goals are never reached unless we are willing to face fears. The proverb totally applies to his situation as things become their very worst before they get better. The alchemist left Santiago alone because every person's journey is an individual one; no one can help you realize your own dreams.
Throughout Santiago’s journey, he had several setbacks. As Santiago begins his journey to his treasure, he enters the continent of Africa and stops at a bar. Santiago then meets a man he thinks he can trust. After entrusting the entrusting the man with his money, Santiago gets robbed and never sees the man or his money again. After that experience, Santiago learns it is difficult to trust people. This was a the first of a few major setbacks for him. In Africa with no money, Santiago has to find a job. I think of that as a set back, it took Santiago an extra year to get to his treasure. Santiago worked for one year and when he gained enough money to continue his journey towards his treasure he moves on. Not too long after Santiago’s first
Santiago’s growth was inspiring to me. He has learned a great deal from action. He learns quite a lot about the land and his sheep by being a shepherd and paying attention to the world around him. His grandfather had mentioned to him a while back of an omen. “By traveling, watching and paying attention, the world will speak to Santiago to help him find is Personal Legend.” Through action, Santiago learns how easy it is to search for one’s Personal Legend. Everyone has their own way of learning things. For example when Santiago decides to try reading the Englishman’s book and he would try and read the signs of the desert. The boy does not learn a thing from the book and the Englishman learns nothing from watching the caravan. Just as Santiago
At the start of my journalistic investigation I stumbled upon a 2010 documentary by the explorer Wes Skiles titled Water’s Journey. The short film is available online free of charge and follows a scientific team of four as they traverse the Florida aquifer in real time. The goal of their mission was to explore and extensively map the inside of the Florida Aquifer for the first time. The four individuals on this groundbreaking mission included Tom Morris, a cave explorer and biologist, Jill Heinerth, a technical dive specialist, the Wes Skiles, and electromagnetics expert Brian Pease. Pease designed a revolutionary transmitter that was able to send signals through Florida’s solid rock and water below, which allowed for him and Skiles on the surface to actively track Morris and Heinerth as they explored the depths below.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the wonderful city of New Orleans leaving its citizens to rot. In Trouble the Water we got an inside look at what the city went through post Hurricane Katrina and the government’s response to save the people in danger. The film displays one family’s quest to survive the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.
David Foster Wallace was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist, as well as a professor of English and creative writing - at least that’s what Wikipedia says. Anyway, he had graduated from Amherst College and majored in English and Philosophy. It was at University of Arizona where he gathered a masters degree in creative writing; and then going to graduate school in Harvard for philosophy. He had a wife, lived under a roof in his youth through two English professors with his sister; he taught at Emerson College, Illinois State University and Pomona College. Along the way, he was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award and a Whiting Writers' Award. I mean, it sounds like he had his life together. Had. It was on September 12th, 2008 when his wife, Karen L Green, found her 46 year old husband dead in the patio of their home. He had hung himself. Even the people who are successful - like Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Ernest Hemingway, and Vincent Van Gogh - can hide deep secrets that cause them to jump over the brink of death
The Important of Water & the Ocean The article summarizes the main points on how the water is beneficial to the world and its population, the effects of deforestation, and how society can become united as a whole. It goes on to say that one of the most important aspects of water is indeed to give life to not just plants, but also to human beings and animals itself. Water is one of the most important substances in order to prosper life on Earth and to help construct infrastructures to society. Unfortunately enough humans tend to take water for granted, but it seems like the biggest city of the Western community named São Paulo had to learn their lesson the hard way.
The woman was dressed in black with an ashy face and dark, outstretched hands, my Molly had said. Her face was swollen, eyes bugging out of her head and wet hair sticking limply to her face. Water seemed to pour from her. Molly’s face scrunched up with horror as she told me. Water came from her mouth, and her eyes, and her ears, and the very pores of her skin. The fog around her feet seemed to carry her on, and push her up, and urge her onto the sand. Pale, translucent face twisting into a grimace, as one slipper clad foot reached out. She crashed against the shore like a wave, her body battered against the sand until nothing was left but the foamy residue of polluted water. Only a shrill scream remained. Molly turned from the window. She explained
I view Santiago as someone we can all relate to as a person with a dream, and after reading this book, I see that life does try to help us in some way. It could be through people we meet, similar to Santiago meeting all theses people that shaped his life, or events happening in the universe itself. At first, the language of the book and its contents were confusing, but after rereading and examining the material thoroughly, I understood the messages and references the author were making. I liked how he involved realism within his writing, such as the mentions of Christianity and the Islamic religion, how it is related with the “Soul of the World”, and of the universe itself. As a Christian, I have somewhat of an advantage in understanding the allusions and memos made throughout in the story. There is also the ways of alchemy, which I am already intrigued upon. It elaborates how alchemy is not only turning metals into gold, but in understanding the elements of the universe, which I thought were fascinating. One key point I saw within the writing was the mentioning of characters, where the author stopped calling Santiago by his name, and only referred to him as “the boy”. I felt it evokes a different type of storytelling, in the same way of a fable or moral are told rather than a novel being read. It gives the story more of a personal level and in a way, easier to
The novel, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho talked about the secret to happiness and how to achieve a happy life. Coelho wrote about a young boy who wished to hear the secret to happiness from the wisest man in the world. When the boy met the man, he told the boy to look around the palace and enjoy its marvels, but he also had to hold a spoon of oil and not let the oil spill. He sent the boy away and when he came back, the oil was in the spoon, but he hadn't noticed any marvels. The wise man, who was seemingly disappointed in the boy, told the boy, “The secret to happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon,” (35). In order to be truly happy, you have to stop and enjoy the little things, but never forget about the important things in life. The secret to life is to be happy and to be happy, you have to enjoy every little aspect life has to
Outline the problems that existed before the project commenced Over 650 million people live without safe water, 2.3 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world's population and over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That's 1,400 children a day. These were the problems before WaterAid started helping across the world. Without safe water or sanitation, people are trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease. Across the developing world, millions of women are wasting precious time collecting dirty water, children are dying from preventable diarrhoeal diseases, and communities have open sewers running through them.
Santiago has a few desires, he loves to roam with his sheeps while having a book in his bag. In his meeting with the Melchizedek who consider himself to be a king of a far off land, decided to search for his treasures. Upon arriving in Africa after selling his sheeps to pursue his dream, he faced many difficulties in his journey of searching for treasure. He was robbed off the first day and he can’t even speak Arabic. He became dishearted and decided to give up and return back but then he remember the words of the Melchizedek an continued his journey, He got a job in a crystal store and earned enough money to buy sheeps but rather than buying them, he joined a caravan to Egypt.
First, Santiago realizes that he wants to travel. For example, when Santiago is in his hometown of Andalusia, he is talking with his father about his love for travel and decides that he would like to become a shepherd to travel to new castles and lands instead of becoming a priest like his father would prefer. “Well, I’d like to see their land, and see how they live” (50). Santiago is realizing that he has a passion for traveling and that his heart wants to explore and find new places. Santiago believes that he will be happier if he travels, instead of becoming a priest. Finally, he realizes that he has to travel and that nothing can stop him from pursuing his passion and as a result, he believes that traveling is his true destiny. To conclude, Santiago