Why is it important that Santiago dreams of a child who tells him of his treasure in this particular setting?

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Hello! In Paul Coelho's The Alchemist, Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd, visits an old gypsy woman, an interpreter of dreams. He is curious about his recurring dream of a child telling him that he will find treasure at the Pyramids of Egypt. So, why is it important that Santiago dreams of a child who tells him of his treasure in this particular setting?

Children are often known for their curiosity, their sense of adventure, and their sense of wonder. Here, the child in Santiago's dream becomes an initial inspiration to Santiago to explore his dreams and to pursue his own Personal Legend. Santiago resists his parents' attempts to coerce him into the priesthood; he prefers to be a shepherd who can travel and see the world on his own terms. To all intents and purposes, Santiago is pretty adventurous; however, he has yet to approach the level of child-like motivation and faith necessary to the realization of his destiny. Meeting Melchizedek changes everything for Santiago, but the child in his dream is the impetus for his initial transformation from curious novice to professional dreamer. It is the child in his dream who haunts him with the desire to understand the significance and meaning of his dream.

"...whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth."

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