Symbolism in The Alchemist: Fatima

In The Alchemist, Fatima symbolizes love and the idea that if you love something, let it go.

"If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never meant to be." – Unknown

Fatima was used in the story to provide encouragement and to make Santiago continue onto his journey

“‘I’m a desert woman, and I’m proud of that. I want my husband to wander as free as the wind that shapes the dunes. And, if I have to, I will accept the fact that he has become a part of the clouds, and the animals, and the water of the desert.’” (98)

Fatima enhances the book in a few ways:

-She adds a challenge or obstacle because Santiago wants to stay with her instead of continuing on his journey.

-Fatima makes the books somewhat of a love story and that makes the book more interesting and appealing to readers.

- Fatima teaches readers the lesson that if you love something let it go, and have faith that if it is meant to be, it will return.

How Fatima is Used in The Story

- “The boy smiled. It was the first time he had done that. ‘I’m coming, Fatima,’ he said.” (167)

- “‘Ever since I was a child, I have dreamed that the desert would bring me a wonderful present. Now, my present has arrived, and it’s you.’” ( 97)

-“The day after we met,’ Fatima said, ‘you told me that you loved me. Then, you taught me something of the universal language and the Soul of the World. Because of that I have become a part of you.” (96)

All these quotes are used to show that Fatima is a strong person and if she has to, she can live without Santiago. She knows that Santiago might not come back, but if he does, she will still be there waiting for him . Fatima offers a lot of encouragement and motivation for Santiago to finish his Personal Legend and eventually come back to her.


Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side plays a character that reminds us very much of Fatima, though instead of letting Michael go, she let him in. Both Fatima and Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra's character) were understanding of the problems at hand. Leigh Anne knew that she needed to give Michael a place to stay, and Fatima knew that she needed to trust in her love of Santiago and let him fulfill his journey.

                      By Grace Basler, Sarah Lagomarcino, and Emma Seybert

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