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?
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 website.www.paulocoelho.no
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