What is the climax of the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?

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The climax of a story is when the story is most intense, either emotionally or physically, a final decision must be made, and the resolution of the story follows soon after. For Santiago in "The Alchemist," the climax is when he achieves his master work. For an alchemist, the master work is to be able to turn certain metals into gold. The Alchemist explains to Santiago that another example of the master work was when God finished creating the earth after six days. Up until the point that the Alchemist and Santiago are captured by a war lord and his gang, Santiago thought achieving his Personal Legend was all he had to do. To his surprise, the Alchemist gambles their lives with the bet that Santiago can turn into the wind. After Santiago uses his ability to talk with nature and listen to omens, heĀ speaks with the Desert, the Wind, and the Sun to obtain their input and help. This communication with the elements is his master work that eventually helps him to create an optical illusion to make the warring tribe think he actually turned into the wind and ended up on the other side of the valley or camp. After that, their lives are saved and Santiago can go find his treasure.

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