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What are the names of all the characters in "The Alchemist"?

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lickdz | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 13, 2008 at 3:24 AM via web

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What are the names of all the characters in "The Alchemist"?

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 15, 2008 at 11:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Only three characters in The Alchemist are given names.   The boy's name is Santiago.  The old man's name is Melchizedek, and he is the King of Salem.  Santiago's love interest is Fatima, the woman of the desert.

The remaining characters are not given specific names: the gypsy woman, the crystal merchant, the candy seller, the Englishman, the alchemist.   Although not named, each character plays an important role in Santaigo's progress.  In not giving them names, the focus remains on the protagonist and his quest to fulfill his Personal Legend.  Also, by not naming them, they fill the role of Universal Jungian archetypes such as the teacher, the mentor, the father figure, etc. that Santiago would meet along a journey toward fulfillment.


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tas25 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM (Answer #2)

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there seems to have been a mistake with thmere ions answer. Ben jonsons alchemist is different from Paulo cohelo 's alchemist. 

The answer above is for Paulo cohelo s alchemist. Please check before you reply. 

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