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An alchemist when referred to a person means what as in Coelho's The Alchemist?I want...

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jovi07 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:30 AM via web

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An alchemist when referred to a person means what as in Coelho's The Alchemist?

I want to know if a person is called an alchemist what does that mean...is it a qoute & if it is then what does that quote mean

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:51 AM (Answer #1)

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An alchemist is someone who practices "alchemy" which is the

speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold

One of my favorite works of literature is Paul Coehlo's The Alchemist, a magical tale of a boy who must place his trust in this spiritual and mysterious man, the alchemist, who will help him with his personal journey and search. 

Not knowing your specific quotation, I'm unable to analyze the use of the word in context.  However, think of it as an alchemist has a special power to change something ordinary into something unique and special.

 

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dstnflame | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM (Answer #2)

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An alchemist is a person trying to change base metals into gold or silver.   In different cultures, the meaning is expanded to someone using elements found in nature to create medicine or a "cure-all elixir".  It can also be a spiritual discipline where the goal is to change lead into gold, take it internally, and thereby, achieving immortality.

 

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