In The Alchemist, how did the alchemist help Santiago?

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Santiago, the main character in Paulo Coelho's novel The Alchemist, receives help from another character, the alchemist, in a variety of ways. The alchemist acts as a mentor as well as a teacher to Santiago.

The alchemist acts as a mentor by encouraging Santiago to learn through his own experiences. One example of this is when the alchemist and Santiago grab snakes from holes in order to find life in the desert. The lesson here is that life attracts life.

The alchemist also acts as a mentor by guiding Santiago into believing in himself. Shortly after they meet, the alchemist tells Santiago that he already knows all he needs to know and that he is only going to point him in the direction of his treasure. Throughout his entire journey, Santiago learns that his personal treasure is not an actual treasure but is becoming a person who is in control or his or her own life and is connected to the world.

While the alchemist acts as a mentor for Santiago, he also teaches him. The alchemist teaches...

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