Santiago's Journey In The Journey Of The Pyramids

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A shepherd named Santiago travels from his home in Andalusia, Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure. During his travels he meets a gypsy woman, a king and an alchemist who help him along the way. Nobody knows what the treasure is, but throughout Santiago’s journey he learns to follow his heart. In the introduction, Santiago dreams of a buried treasure at the pyramids. In the dream a child plays with Santiago’s sheep and reveals that buried treasure awaits him at the pyramids. During his journey King of Salem, Melchizedek, urges Santiago to follow his dream. Melchizedek tells him to sell his flock and pursue his personal legend. A thief robs Santiago on his first day in Tangier. He was left completely alone in a new city unable…show more content…
However, he uses this initiative to make this crystal merchant’s business more successful and decides to pursue his dreams instead of just returning home. Santiago travels across the desert by caravan. He meets an Englishman who tells Santiago to learn from books but he prefers to learn from first hand experience. Later on, he meets and falls in love with Fatima who almost distracts Santiago from his dream of finding the treasure. Soon, Santiago envisions an attack on the Oasis where he was staying with Fatima. An alchemist, who holds exceptional powers learns of Santiago’s vision and reveals himself taking him under his wing. The alchemist guides Santiago against the attack but the get captured. During the climax, Santiago is taxed with not just saving his own life but of the alchemist as well. He has to turn himself into the wind to show the power of alchemy to his captors. After the dramatic argument with not just the wind, but the sun and the hand of creation of all things Santiago is able to transform himself. Showing that alchemy is more than just lead into gold, in-fact it’s about being one with the spirit of the…show more content…
More importantly though are not the ornaments but the treasured moments he has spent on his journey. This book teaches us a few life lessons and how we should have a positive take on life. It teaches us to recognise the good things despite of a few bad things along the way, as that was what happened when he was robbed in Tangier. “If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy person. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” Santiago’s journey teaches us to make the most of the present and not to dwell on the past or worry too much about the future. Paulo Coelho’s writing shows us the power of a dream. It tells us that life is interesting when you have a dream. If you settle for what you have, you have nothing to look forward to and life will be dull. As we can see in the book Santiago never gives up on his dream and remains determined. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” The book gives us a very important lesson on life, that if we are able to make amends and rectify our problems, our happiness radiates and we are able to transcend this to other people around
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