All Other Fears Are Expected By Society In The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

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“We are born with he fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. All other fears are imposed by society”, is a quote from the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is an epic journey about a man named Santiago, who sets out to find treasure as well as his Personal Legend. Santiago has to overcome multiple obstacle that stop him from living his Personal Legend throughout the novel. Society influences Santiago, the crystal merchant, Santiago’s father and the baker by societal expectations, fear of failure and the desire for success.

Pressures from society cause people to feel obligated to meet societal expectations of success, status, financial stability and even gender roles. Santiago was influenced by societal expectations
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The fear of failure has been implemented into child-hood, as it is the most influential time in a persons life. Santiago’s society taught people from young ages, that your dreams are impossible to achieve. This thinking habit imposed by society would influence the child’s life by letting them grow up not believing in themselves or their abilities. This thinking habit was passed down to Santiago by his own father, who tried to talk him out of the one thing he truely wanted to do in life; travel. “ ‘People from all over the world have passed through this village, son,’ said his father. ‘They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived.’ ” (pg 9) Your family should support your dreams, but because society imprints false ideologies into people, Santiago’s father convinces him to give up on his dreams. Even though Santiago’s father wanted “to travel the world” (pg 9-10) too, he didn’t have the courage to do so which influenced his life by “having had to bury it, over dozens of years,”. Santiago was young and impressionable at the time, and so when his very own father doubted his ability to be able to achieve his dreams, Santiago too grew up to doubt himself. This then influenced Santiago to try to bury his own life callings when faced with his Personal Legend. He used excused, “But there’s a tribal war”, (pg 115) “I…show more content…
Societal expectations of financial stability influenced the crystal merchant to never go to Mecca, even when it is his life’s dream. Other societal expectations also cause Santiago tells the crystal merchant that he will buy sheep but really he goes to search for his Personal Legend, because of his fear of failure. The fear of failure is a societal ideology that has been taught during Santiago’s child-hood by his father. His father was also taught the ideology and therefore society influenced him he to never achieve his life dream. This ideology from his father taught Santiago to doubt himself throughout his Personal Legend. The baker wanted to travel, yet the desires to be success in life from the societal ideal that being successful means a fulfilled life over rode his Personal Legend. Santiago’s life was also influenced by this society ideal, which lead him to have doubts and concerns about his Personal Legend. Society can and will always be able to influence people’s lives, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it control

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