By: Shubham Tayal and Clair Jones
“it signified shade, water and refuge from the war. Yesterday, the camel’s groan signaled danger, and now a row of date palms could herald a miracle.” -page 86
It represents a type of shelter from the storm. It is a moment of respite from the conditions of the desert. Out of something that has come to symbolize a lack of life and something devoid of vitality, the oasis emerges. The oasis is a representation of what is found on the journey towards a Personal Legend. It helps ensure that Santiago's focus is kept on what is important and what defines his being.
“Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees” - page 87
The oasis is a representation of what is found on the journey towards a Personal Legend. It helps ensure that Santiago's focus is kept on what is important and what defines his being. It gives the story a new perspective of love and life. It brings Santiago together with Fatima and she shows us what the oasis means to her once Santiago left. It helps the Santiago and the caravan regain their strength to carry on. Along with this, the oasis enhances the story by essentially helping Santiago meet the Alchemist. This is why it is such a big part of the story.
“It would no longer be a place with fifty thousand palm trees and three hundred wells, where the pilgrims arrived, relieved at the end of their long journeys. From that day on, the oasis would be an empty place for her.” -123
Connection: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
As said before, the oasis represents something that gives the main character the motivation and strength that they need to carry on with their journey. In this scene, the spirits of his parents and Cedric serve as Harry's oasis. They give him the strength that he needs in order to escape from Voldemort with Cedric's body.