The Alchemist

First Half

Just from the prologue in the book I have enjoyed this book and I really look forward to reading the next half of the book. The story itself is one about adventure, but gains a greater lesson about the dreams in life. It is obvious that the book is crafted with a certain kind of delicacy and there a certain way that the author gets the words to fit together. The development of the characters so far has been beautiful, and just 82 pages into this book, I have already learned some valuable life lessons that I will carry for the rest of my life.

The Prologue of the novel tells the story of Narcissus. The Alchemist is reading this story to the reader. As of half-way into the story we do not actually know who the Alchemist actually is, but we now that he is going to be an important part of the story as he has already been brought up in a variety of different conversations between the main character Santiago and a new friend he has just made. The story of Narcissus also helps foreshadow some of the messages of the book and also provides a warning for readers about the messages of self-love and self-help in the story.

Throughout the first half of the story there has been one central theme present in the story. There is lots of emphasis on following your dreams as the entire plot is about a boy who wants to follow his dream but always gets discouraged from bad experiences. Over two times the author repeats the phrase, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” (Coelho 33, 50, 71). Obviously putting emphasis on the messages about not giving about on your Personal Legend, which is what you aspire to achieve in life.

Before I end, I would like to analyze the author’s use of fables throughout the story. He incorporates stories to tell the reader or the main character about things that are to happen. In the prologue the author tells the story about Narcissus which helps foreshadow what the story is about by having a key character in the story read the story and also have the fable be about what is happening in the story. Then the author tells the story about the apprentice seeking the wise man for advice. This story basically concludes by explaining to the reader that happiness in life is seeing the beauty, without losing concentration of what is at task. Both these fables are used by the author to explain the significance of something to the reader. First the author uses it purely for foreshadowing purposes, but on the second time the author uses it to explain a lesson about life. These fables were carefully picked by the author to deliver the full message of what the author was trying to explain. With these fables the messages become more powerful and much more clear.

This book is intriguing  from head to toe. From the interesting and dynamic plot, to how the author places together certain words in a specific order. This author is one of the best I have ever read before and as of the half-way point I can safely say this is a Top-10 book in my charts. I want to learn more about all the different messages Paul Coelho conveys about life, so I’m looking forward to reading the second half of the book.




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