Dreams in The Corr’s song Dreams and Paulo Coelho’s novel The Alchemist

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Dreams can be defined in two ways. Firstly, dreams are the desire to strive for and accomplish something that has always been in a dreamer’s heart. For example, these dreams can be anything from being a professional athlete to a chef. Another way it can be defined is the mental visions one has when sleeping. The Corr’s song Dreams and Paulo Coelho’s novel The Alchemist both imply that when following dreams, unimportant things will come and go, but if dreamers keep their vision clear, they will see what’s truly meant to be. In the novel, the main character Santiago encounters plenty of people and opportunities. Many of them making him choose between his heart and his head. He is always hitting bumps in the road, but constantly sees the light at the end of the tunnel. Moreover, in the song Dreams, it questions whether a dreamer is really up to overcoming these obstacles by listening to his/her heart and knowing when everything should come to an end.

Listening to one’s heart can be very confusing to anyone, especially a dreamer. When a person realizes that their heart will rebel against their mind, despite the confusion it will always carry their deepest desires. Listening to one’s heart is never easy to do because a heart can keep a person up at night and reveal its fears of failure. “There were times when his heart spent hours telling of its sadness, and other times when it became so emotional over the desert sunrise the boy had to hide his tears.”(The Alchemist Pg.128, line 5) This means that the heart has many different emotions towards numerous things and, sometimes it is even afraid of showing those emotions. For example, the crystal merchant is very wary of telling Santiago that his ideas are working and that he apprecia...

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...s that one never even dreamt about before, something that they thought that they could never even touch. "When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current, that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision." (The Alchemist, Pg.68, line 10) Therefore, if a dream at a certain point in one's life is extremely way to hard to handle in all aspects, it is better let it go.
There are many things in life that will stop a person from following their dreams. It is up to one's self to keep making this journey happen but, this takes plenty of time and dedication. Just like in the novel The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo, Santiago never stops striving for his goal even when he is at rock bottom. Thus, accomplishing a dream will take a life time and you will never know what your outcome will be until it all comes to an end.

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