How does King of Salem assist Santiago on his journey in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist?

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The Alchemist is a novel written by Paulo Coelho. This novel is about a young man named Santiago and his search to find his Personal Legend.

Santiago first begins his search for his Personal Legend when this concept is introduced to him by the King of Salem. The King of Salem is a man named Melchizedek. Melchizedek is a mysterious man and Santiago is immediately intrigued by the idea of finding his Personal Legend in order to find his treasure. By meeting the King of Salem, or Melchizedek, Santiago's journey is able to begin. Had the two never crossed paths, Santiago would likely continue selling his sheep and the story would not occur.

Melchizedek first gets Santiago's attention when he is able to read his mind. Santiago also decides that this strange old man must really be a king when Melchizedek shows Santiago the breastplate he wears that is golden and covered in precious stones.

Santiago learns many lessons from the King of Salem who assists him on his journey to find his Personal...

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