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What does these two quotes mean from the Alchemist by Coelho?"Remember that wherever...

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bobby12345 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 5, 2010 at 2:12 AM via web

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What does these two quotes mean from the Alchemist by Coelho?

"Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You've got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense."

"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them"

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labonnecaze | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 9, 2010 at 4:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The Alchemist is a novel all about the advantages and obstacles of pursuing dreams.  The main character, Santiago, is on a journey to discover his "treasure" both tangible and abstract but he needs to overcome obstacles to achieve his dream.

The first quote,"Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You've got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense," means that the "treasure" you are after has to be something important to you.  This quote explains how to get the most advantage out of pursuing a dream.  If you go on a journey to find a treasure and your heart is not in it, it will not mean anything to you and you will not learn anything about yourself.  Santiago goes on a journey to find a treasure of gold but he gets a bigger treasure of love and knowledge because his whole heart is in it. He is not just doing it for the money. 

The second quote, "People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them", discusses the obstacles that can keep someone from pursuing their dram in the first place.  One of the obstacles is that they feel they are not worthy of getting such a great reward.  Santiago feels he is just a poor farmer and does not deserve great things.  The second obstacle is that they are afraid they will fail so they don't try in the first place.  Santiago is overcome with fear many times.  He is afraid to sell his sheep, he is afraid to leave a good job, and he is afraid to leave his love, Fatima.  However, when he gets over his fears, he finds even greater rewards than the ones he left behind. 

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