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unknown12 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 10, 2010 at 2:41 AM via web

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How does the alchemist contributed to Santiago's journey? And what are his character traits and physical description in Coelho's The Alchemist?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 10, 2010 at 3:23 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "The Alchemist,” Santiago, a young male shepard, has a dream about a treasure.  He sells his sheep and goes in search of the treasure.  On his journey he meets an Alchemist.  The boy is somewhat afraid of him.  He needs him to teach him how to survive in the desert.

"The Alchemist is two hundred years old," the English man had told him."

Santiago is considering stopping his quest and marrying Fatima.  The Alchemist tells the boy that if he stops he will always be plagued by bad dreams and Omens.  They will call him to find the treasure because had not completed his quest.

The Alchemist explains to Santiago that the journey was his gold.  He explains to him that before one finds one's dream, one must be tested. It sit the Alchemist who helps Santiago realizes the importance of the journey and what true treasure is instead of gold.

"The Alchemist dresses all in black and rides a horse, "with a falcon perched on his left shoulder."(108)

He is wearing a turban and his face is almost covered except for his eyes. His face is covered by a black kerchief. He looks like a desert messenger.

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