Who is Santiago in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist?   

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Santiago is the protagonist of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, though he is referred to as such only once in the text. He is a Spanish shepherd boy who goes on a quest to find treasure near the Egyptian pyramids. He undergoes great personal transformation as he makes his journey, meeting strange characters who help or distract him along the way.

Interestingly, throughout the majority of the narrative, Coelho calls him "the boy," referring to his proper name, Santiago, only once. As mentioned in the previous answer, this could fit in with the novel's status as a coming-of-age narrative, showing how "the boy" has not yet...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 319 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on