The Alchemist

book by: Paulo Coelho
project by: Aldranard bennett

Follow your dreams. If you have a goal, and you want to achieve it, then work  hard and do everything you can to get there, and one day it will come true. Santiago goes on a journey to the pyramids to achieve his dreams. He face all types of obstacles but he stayed strong and conquer his task. When going on a journey you're bound to find love and that's what Santiago runs into as he goes through the dessert but he has a choice stay with love or chase his dream and come back after hoping his love will still be there.  


The main theme is about finding one's destiny. An old king tells Santiago, "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true".


Santiago is the protagonist of The Alchemist. Born in a small town in Andalusia, he attends the seminary as a boy but dreams of traveling the world. He finally gets the courage to ask his father for permission to become a shepherd so that he can travel the fields of Andalusia. One night, in an abandoned church, he dreams of a child telling him that if he goes to the Egyptian Pyramids, he will find a treasure.


The antagonist of the story changes along the way. Sometimes it's a character and other times it's a force,  sometimes the antagonist is Santiago himself.  The thief in Tangiers also served as an antagonist, along with the obstacles Santiago faced during his journey. Mainly, Santiago must learn to persevere and accept himself, meaning both his strengths and weaknesses.

I would recommend The Alchemist to anyone. Its a real motivational book for anyone who has a dream. It lets you know to not give up on something no matter how far and how hard it takes you through life.

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