Paulo Coelho book :The Alchemist book Summary
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a novel that follows the journey of a young boy, named Santiago, who is discovering himself, or his personal legend. Along his journey, he encounters many wise characters who assist him along his way to find his personal legend. Santiago learned something from each person he met along the way and later on, he realized how useful these lessons truly were to helping him fulfill his personal legend. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, because it kept me engaged and interested. The various literary devices, such as symbolism and personification, dispersed within the novel assisted in keeping me captivated during the novel. Coelho uses symbolism throughout the entirety of the novel in the form of the good and bad omens. Everything that takes place in the novel is shown and registered through an omen. The omens are a strong example of symbolism, because they allow the reader to further comprehend Santiago’s thoughts and journey, as well as the valuable lessons he learns during the novel. Personification is demonstrated multiple times during The Alchemist, such as the wind, the desert, and the pyramids. The wind is a prime example of personification when Coelho wrote, “The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy” (71). The use of personification and metaphor in this quote was used to define the importance of the wind and establish an understanding of how dangerous the desert is. This is done by Santiago expressing the fact that everyone needed to listen to him, carefully, and follow his directions. This is effective as well as reinforcing the point of the dangerous wind, because when comparing the desert to a capricious lady, which means that the woman is erratic, sudden, and unpredictable, he is expressing exactly how difficult the desert can be and providing a comparison that is widely understood among the readers. One of the biggest take-aways that I gained after completing this book was that there is more to everything than just what is seen on the surface. The entire book focuses on Santiago and his quest to discover his personal legend, but in the end, it was not at all what Santiago nor the audience was expecting it to end up being, much less where it ended up being. While this novel does show a few weak spots, such as the fact that it was not a very fast paced book nor one that kept you on the edge of your seat, The Alchemist is still an entertaining, reflective, and bewildering story about an adventurous, yearning young boy in search of his true meaning in life, his personal legend.