The Alchemist

Man takes less care of his fellow human being because he can leave the human being in order to pursue the purpose for which he was created. For instance, despite Santiago’s love for Fatima’s beauty, he is forced to choose between Fatima and his mission of looking for the treasure beneath the pyramids. The alchemist advices that true love won’t stop Santiago from pursuing his dreams. It will be patient and it will wait till he finds what he is looking for. The contrast is what he calls the language of the world. The language of the world will say ‘I love you’, just for the sake of it.

Under normal life circumstances the conflict between dreams and omens has often been real. Omens are the signs that help someone to achieve his dreams. The author says that “God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.”(Coelho, 1988, pg 29), dreams have often been symbolically followed by signs that have offered leads to their realization. Instinct has often provided the best leads towards the discovery of the paths that should be followed. These are philosophical words that encourage Santiago in his search for his personal legend. The word omens refer to the symbols and challenges that abound people in their search for their destinies. This is to say that in everything that man sets his foot to do, there is a pre planned schedule or time plan that God has put in place so as to guide man on how he is going to achieve that dream. In fact the author says that“And dreams are the language of God When he speaks in our language, I can interpret what he has said. But if he speaks in the language of the soul, it is only you who can understand. But, whichever it is, I’m going to charge you for the consultation” (13)

When we talk about the word dream, it has the meaning of a vision. This is what God has set into someone’s plan of life. In other words, it is someone’s mission on earth. It’s whatever man was created to do in this brief period of time he is on earth. It is for this reason that the Gypsy of Tarifa and Melchizedek urge Santiago to pursue the dream in which a child was showing him a treasure at the base of the pyramids.

Later in the novel, the man who engages in fight with Santiago does not tend to believe his own dream. But when he describes his own dream to Santiago, Santiago recognizes it as an omen that directs him to where the treasure is. This is a symbolic dream that the author describes as the omen. Whereas it breeds a conflict between Santiago and the man, Santiago realizes its benefit. No wonder the author says that “all omens, whether they are major or minor ones, are connected to prophetic dreams.”

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