Santiago's Sheep

Natalie Segura and Mason Drees            Period: 7

Symbolism of the Sheep

The sheep symbolize the characters in the book that do not pursue their Personal Legends. Some examples in The Alchemist include the Crystal Merchant with him never pursuing Mecca and the Baker wanting to travel. Theses two characters chose not to go after their Personal Legend. The sheep symbolize the fear of change that some people are afraid of.

The symbol is mostly used in the beginning of the book when Santiago is deciding whether or not to pursue is Personal Legend.

Quote: "We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions or our property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

This symbol enhances the book because it shows that their lives are boring if they do not go and attempt to achieve their Personal Legend.

Quotes: "If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure"

How does the Symbol enhance the story

This symbol enhances the story because without this important symbol and the characters  that did not follow their personal legends the meaning of the book would not have been as significant. These characters allow Santiago to learn to follow his own personal legend and that change is okay. These people, as well as his sheep taught him many lessons that are vital to the book.


Hero's Journey

The symbolism of the sheep could be used in the Hero's Journey when someone refuses the call. The sheep show that people do not follow their personal legend and when a hero refuses the call the do not follow their adventure or 'personal legend"   

Dead Poets Society

Another character that we could say did not follow their personal legend is Neil from The Dead Poets Society. He could be represented by the sheep because he did not follow his personal legend. Instead of standing up to his father he committed suicide.  

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