In Coelho's The Alchemist, Santiago journeys through the desert with the alchemist. He is told of many basic truths. The alchemist says, “There is only one way to learn. It’s through action....

In Coelho's The Alchemist, Santiago journeys through the desert with the alchemist. He is told of many basic truths. The alchemist says, “There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.” What are some of the things Santiago has learned through action?

 

 

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In Coelho's The Alchemist, Santiago journeys through the desert and learns many basic truths.

The alchemist helps Santiago to understand that the reason he does not leave the oasis is because he is fearful that he might never return. He worries about leaving Fatima, his sweetheart. The boy's teacher reminds him:

Fatima is a woman of the desert...She knows that men have to go away in order to return.

The alchemist also explains that while Fatima will never ask Santiago to stay at the oasis rather than pursuing his treasure, he will one day have regrets. This reminds the reader of the crystal merchant—he did not listen to his heart, and therefore can never achieve his heart's treasure. After all, the alchemist reminds Santiago, Fatima will wait for him for she has found her treasure—and that is Santiago.

Santiago also learns that love never prohibits one from pursuing his heart's delight. The alchemist explains:

You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend....

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