What it symbolizes:
The treasure in this story symbolizes the main achievement of the personal legend. Not necessarily what physical object he receives.
What it is in this book:
Physical- The coins, stones, masks, and jewels.
Mental- Knowledge from his journey.
How it helps Santiago:
It gives him something to strive towards. It is his final goal. It is what keeps he going on his journey knowing that he would obtain the treasure and knowledge.
Connections to other literary works:
Many other stories share this idea of knowledge being the true treasure, instead of some object. (This does not mean that there may not be a physical treasure.)
- 20,000 leagues under the sea
- Pirates Of The Caribbean
Connections to the real world:
In our world we are looking for our purpose and meaning in life. We all want to find our personal legend and that is when we can find our own treasure whatever that may be.
Quotes from the book:
“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left you.” page 30
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” You've got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense. “ page 122
“You’ll spend the rest of your days knowing that you didn’t pursue your destiny, and that now it’s too late.” page 126
“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren’t, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly.” page 136
“…Your heart is still capable of showing you where the treasure is.” page 139
“Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.” page 168