Using Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, what is another main character that I could write about who changes or grows in the book other than Santiago?Describe how the characters grow or change as a...

Using Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, what is another main character that I could write about who changes or grows in the book other than Santiago?

Describe how the characters grow or change as a result of the conflict.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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One character that you could focus on is the crystal Merchant for whom Santiago works for over a year after getting robbed on his first day in Africa. This crystal Merchant's conflict is that his shop is not in town and doesn't see the traffic he needs to really flourish in the business anymore. He hires Santiago because he feels that he is a good omen, but after two days of listening to Santiago's improvement ideas, the merchant says, "I don't much like change" (53). So one might think that this character won't change, but in a subtle way, he eventually does. Santiago doesn't convince the Merchant to finally go to Mecca as he'd dreamed, but the Merchant changes by accepting changes to his shop. One great change that Santiago employed was serving tea in the crystal to thirsty hikers who passed by. Business boomed! Had the Merchant not allowed minor changes to his business, he wouldn't have reaped the rewards. Later, the Merchant tells the boy, "You brought a new feeling into my crystal shop" (61) which also suggests that the Merchant had changed through this experience~ even though he never sets out for Mecca, he did change some of his ways and learn and grow.

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