Mar 072014

Question by Mr.Math: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho?

I just finished reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. In the end of the story before the epilogue, the last sentence was, “He already knew where the treasure was,” or something along the lines of that. What was the treasure and where was it? Why did the Pyramids laugh at him and he laughed back?

I’m sorry if it’s a stupid question, I just think that I’m overthinking it.

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Answer by Ryan
The treasure was the journey. Finding the treasure means that he found out how precious home is.
It’s actually an old story that Paulo Coelho is just retelling.
I don’t exactly remember the pyramids laughing at him, but generally laughing back at something means that you are mature enough to let go of your ego.

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Dec 062013

Question by sp: Does anyone know any good traits for the character Santiago in “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho?
Does anyone know any good traits for the character Santiago in “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho? Thanks so much

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Answer by SarahJayne
Santiago is hard working, trust worthy, loving, and energetic. He tends to trust people too much, in my opinion. Like how he let the guy hold his money when he had just met him. Bad idea.

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Mar 082013

Question by Cheer With Style: What do these things symbolize in the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?
What might each of the following represent?
Merchant’s Daughter and Santiago’s Family
Soul of the World
Language of the World

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Answer by Jo Spumoni
Santiago–the protagonist of the story; he is young and innocent, but patient, careful, and trusting in fate; he is the man on the quest for his destiny

Sheep–this is harder, but I suppose that sheep could represent common people–they follow their shepherd without any will of their own and do not seek destiny. So they are the opposite of Santiago.

I regret that I read this book a long time ago, and I don’t think I can adequately answer the next two.

Pyramids–in the text, this is sort of the promised land for Santiago. It’s where he must go to achieve his destiny. The pyramids represent something sort of mysterious and splendid–they are portrayed as isolated and sacred, a place where a man might confront his destiny.

Englishman–he’s a seeker of enlightenment, just like Santiago, but unlike Santiago, he doesn’t have an innate understanding of what this means. Kind of missing the point, he studies very carefully the language of Esperanto as well as alchemy, but neglects to truly grasp the greater purpose. He is a man who cannot take a leap of faith but who wants desperately to believe.

Fatima–she’s a love interest, of course. She represents the earthly pleasure which Santiago must leave behind in order to pursue his destiny.

Alchemist–he’s the wise teacher who understands the ways of the world and acts as a mentor to Santiago. There’s not much to say about him.

Soul of the World–the main principle of alchemy, i.e. that everything is connected by a common factor. It represents the ideal of a complete understanding the world.

Language of the World–this is much like the one above. It likewise represents one’s ability to communicate with anything and everything in the world, and by extension, to understand the connections that link it all together.

I hope that helps.

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Jan 152013

Question by Melenie G: what is the meaning of the title “the alchemist” by Paulo Coelho?
I need to do an essay on the symbolism of the title of the book.
does any one know why the book is called the Alchemist?

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Answer by why hello there
Possibly because one of the major characters is, in fact, an alchemist. If you don’t know what that means, go find a dictionary. That’s a really dumb essay topic by the way.

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Dec 112012

Question by Meaghan: Need project idea for THE ALCHEMIST BY PAUL COELHO?
I need an idea for a physical representation for the book The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. If you read it, could you give me an idea? I can’t think of anything!! By physical representation, I mean a painting/drawing/sculpture/photo anything, but i can’t draw or paint so thats out, and besides, I want something REALLY creative. It has to have something to do with some idea/moment/relationship in the book. Please help!

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Answer by Jen.
I suppose if you could do something representing a dream, as Santiago’s dream of treasure in Egypt is what sets him off on his personal journey and really what the whole book is about.
I am also not a creative sort all I can think of is using paper mache to make a map of Egypt with treasure on it, then maybe cotton wool underneath to show the clouds representing the dream he had.
Sorry may be no use of all, as I said I’m not creative.
Good lcuk.

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Feb 292012

Question by : What type of character is the crystal merchant from the book The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho?
Is the crystal merchant static or dynamic, and is he flat or round? I don’t really exactly what all the flat round, static dynamic, differences are. I just know one is changing, and the other is unchanging. But what would make the crystal merchant flat/round and static/dynamic?

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Answer by J
The crystal merchant wohldntbe static, as his
mind defonately changes views on life after the
boyhelps him. Though his mindset is still the same,
his belief is stronger

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Apr 102011

Question by Ella: Dose anybody know where this quote is in the Alchemist book by Paulo Coelho?
I am trying to find the quote “God exists wherever He is allowed to enter” in the Alchemist book. Can someone give me a page number? Please and thank you!

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Answer by branix
I found a site with Alchemist quotes – you might try here?

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Apr 102011

Question by caseyelizabethbrown: Why did Paulo Coelho choose crystal in The Alchemist?
Can anybody tell me why did the author of the Alchemist choose for Santiago to meet a crystal merchant (rather that, say, a book seller, or a baker)? Because I have asked around and tried to see some reason in it, but it seems to be random. What is the significance of crystal?

I can’t really turn in a paper saying, He chose randomly.


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Answer by Celeste
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

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Feb 132011

Question by Matt: Can someone please help me with the discussion questions for The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?
Ive read the book and answered a few of the questions but dont understand some of them. Can someone please help me with these questions:

5. The Englishman, whom Santiago meets when he joins the caravan to the Egyptian pyramids, is searching for “a universal language, understood by everybody.” What is that language? According to the Englishman, what are the parallels between reading and alchemy? How does the Englishman’s search for the alchemist compares to Santiago’s search for a treasure? How did the Englishman and Santiago feel about each other?

6. The alchemist tells Santiago “you don’t have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.” With this in mind, why do you think the alchemist chose to befriend Santiago, though he knew that the Englishman was the one looking for him? What is the meaning of two dead hawks and the falcon in the oasis? At one point the alchemist explains to Santiago the secret of successfully turning metal into gold. How does this process compare to finding a Personal Legend?

7. Why did Santiago have to go through the dangers of tribal wars on the outskirts of the oasis in order to reach the pyramids? At the very end of the journey, why did the alchemist leave Santiago alone to complete it?

8.Earlier in the story, the alchemist told Santiago “when you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.” At the end of the story, how did this simple lesson save Santiago’s life? How did it lead him back to the treasure he was looking for?

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Answer by uncoolmom
You have definitely read thoroughly. Alchemist is a book about following your dreams and overcoming the problems that come.It is to be felt inside yourself.I don’t deny the logic behind your questions.
Santiago had to face the problems that seem meaningless to us.That’s what happens when we have a dream and the circumstances are not suitable.We have to have our share of hardships.You can send your questions to Paulo Coelho on this

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