The Desert and Wind
By Brett, Nancy, and Varun
The desert and the wind represent the challenges that one must face when trying to achieve his personal legend. This obstacle plays a major part in the story for it is where most of the book takes place.
The alchemist takes Santiago across the desert from the oasis to the pyramids, which is when some of the bigger hardships come, like the challenge of becoming the wind. He says, "I'm not afraid of failing. It's just that I don't know how to turn myself into the wind." This part showcases when the alchemist sets him up to turn into the wind, which is one of the biggest trials of his entire journey.
“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way..." One must take into consideration that the world is putting you through hardships not be evil, but so that one can realize their own dreams, but also to master the journey that our dreams led us to. "That’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’ very search begins with beginner’s luck." "Every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.
This quote is said to Santiago by the Alchemist. The Alchemist explains why Santiago must suffer so many trials if the universe, as the alchemist and others have said, does actually want him to fulfill his Personal Legend.
While in a caravan, Santiago is traveling to the oasis and then to the pyramid. Having to face the obstacle of the desert and wind.
"I have watched the caravan as it crossed the desert," he said. "The caravan and the desert speak the same language, and it's for that reason that the desert allows the crossing. It's going to test the caravan's every step to see if it's in time, and, if it is, we will make it to the oasis."
The desert aspect of the story enhances the book in many ways. It shows the extent of Santiago's courage, for this is the greatest challenge of the story. It shows truly how far Santiago is willing to go to achieve his personal legend, and he even realizes many different things in the desert. So in the grand scheme of things, the desert enhances the story because he is taught many useful life skills and overall realizes his true potential.
Many connections can be made from "The Alchemist" to other works of art, such as movies and literature. The desert and the winds represent challenges an natural obstacles; something that is present in many different aspects of art.
A book that may associate with the desert and the challenges aspect of Santiago's journey is "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan. The Lightning thief features a part of the story where Percy Jackson, the protagonist, must travel through the United States mainland to get to his destination, Los Angeles, California, to reach the underworld. This connects to "the Alchemist" very well because like Santiago, Percy Jackson had to overcome many natural obstacles to reach his destination.
A movie can be connected to the symbolic aspect of the desert and winds in "The Alchemist" is "Finding Nemo." In "Finding Nemo", Dory and Nemo's father, Marlin, travel through the ocean in search of Nemo. The reason that these two movies are connected is because the vast ocean that Dory and Marlin had to travel through could heave lead them anywhere. This is like in "The Alchemist," when Santiago has to cross through the rough terrain of the desert. While finding Nemo was the challenge, the large ocean surely did create many obstacles that Marlin could learn from. For example, one lesson that could be learned is that being over protective might do more bad than good in the grand scheme of things. So the ocean and desert are connected because they are both very vast, create many challenges for the protagonists, and insight wisdom into the characters as they make their way through them.