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by Paulo Coelho

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In Paulo Choelho's The Alchemist, why did the alchemist leave Santiago alone at the end to complete his journey?

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With regard to Paulo Choelho's novel, The Alchemist, my first reaction is that at the end, Santiago must go on in order to fulfill his Personal Legend—as as it is his—and he must do it alone: it is his journey of self-discovery.

Santiago has realized the connection he has to God, and the powerful miracles he can perform because he is one with God. However, he must travel to the Pyramids, which has been his goal all along, because of his dreams.

However, when he arrives,...

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