What is the climax and resolution of The Alchemist?

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Throughout the novel The Alchemist, Santiago is searching for treasure. Along the way, however, he is learning lessons from a variety of teachers and is trying to understand alchemy and the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. The climax of the novel comes when he and the alchemist who has acted as his teacher have been captured and are going to be killed unless Santiago turns into wind. Focusing with all his might on the unified nature of reality, he manages to transform and save them.

The book resolves itself as Santiago reaches his destination alone and begins digging for treasure. He is accosted by thieves and is brutally beaten, but he learns something in that moment. The leader of the thieves reveals that there is a Spanish church that holds the treasure, which is supposedly used by shepherds and the homeless as a shelter. This is the church from which Santiago started his journey, and now he knows to go home and find the treasure.

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In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, we encounter a young Shepherd from Spain named Santiago. Santiago moves between different places, and there is a church in Spain where he finds shelter when herding in that village. He has had a dream about treasures in the pyramids of Egypt twice, and this stirs his interest. With the help of a gypsy woman and an old man, Santiago sets out for Africa.

In Africa, Santiago is faced with many challenges, but he has a strong will. He meets an alchemist who joins him on the journey to Egypt. The climax of the book is when the alchemist and Santiago are captured by tribesmen, and Santiago has to turn into wind or they both die. He uses the many lessons he had learned from the moment he decided to go after his treasure and turns into the wind.

The alchemist and Santiago continue with the journey until they get to Egypt, where the alchemist leaves Santiago to discover his treasure. Some men approach Santiago when he is digging for treasure; they take the only piece of gold he had been given by the alchemist and beat him up when he can't find more. The resolution is when the leader of the people who beat him shares his dream of treasures hidden in a ruined church in Spain where shepherds and their sheep slept.

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The climax of the book is when Santiago is captured, turns himself into the wind, and escapes. In order to become the wind, Santiago must incorporate everything that he has previously learned while on his journey.

The falling action comes next. After escaping, Santiago is able to make his way to the pyramids where he believes the treasure will be. Unfortunately, Santiago is attacked (again). All of his money is taken, and he is left with nothing. The only bright spot is that he overhears his attackers talking about a treasure in a church in Spain. Santiago must return to where his journey began.

The final resolution of the story is that Santiago returns to Spain and finds the treasure. He then plans to return to Fatima.

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The climax of The Alchemist takes place when our protagonist learns to turn himself into the wind. In order to do this he must use all that he has learned about the interconnectedness of the universe.

The resolution takes place when he finally finds his treasure, and completes his journey (both physically and spiritually).

Of course this is an overly-simplistic explanation, but there is a great deal of depth to this book and an answer short enough for this format would certainly not do Coelho justice.

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