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What does the old man mean when he says that “treasure is uncovered by the force of...

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egghead2 | Salutatorian

Posted July 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM via web

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What does the old man mean when he says that “treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water, and it is buried by the same currents,”  and what does this quote have to do with the story of the miner and the emerald in The Alchemist by Paul Coelho?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM (Answer #1)

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This story is meant to help Santiago understand about personal legends, which, he is told by Melchizedek, that we all have all our lives. This story reveals the paradox that while forces of life uncover the treasure of our personal legend, those same forces of life cover that treasure back up again. This is meant to suggest that one has to be ever vigilant in looking for the signs of their personal legend lest the force that reveals is stronger than them and covers it back up again. 

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