It's About The Journey Not the destination By: Abby Bellew

In Paulo Coelho's, The Alchemist, the theme of fate or personal legend is found by pursuing your dream, listening to people, and foreshadowing. These are common elements in songs, movies, and plays.

Citation: "His parents had wanted him to become a priest, and thereby a source of pride for a simple farm family...But ever since he had been a child, he had wanted to know the world, and this was much more important to him than knowing God and learning about man's sins"(Coelho 10).


"I am everything I've learned and more

Still it calls me

And the call isn't out there at all, it's inside me

It's like the tide; always falling and rising

I will carry you here in my heart you'll remind me

That come what may

I know the way"

Disney - I Am Moana (Song Of The Ancestors) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Commentary: In both The Alchemist and in the song Song Of The Ancestors it shared the common theme of coming to age and pursue your Personal Legend. Even though people may or may not want that for your future they still left home and did what there heart wanted to do. Santiago wanted to leave home but his father wanted him to be a priest. In the "Song Of The Ancestors" the girl wants to go to the ocean, but her family has a different plan for her. Both left home and found there legend by growing up and accepting what they need to do.

Citation: "It's a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your personal legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth"(Coelho 24).

Citation: Princess Merida: "There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it."

"I saw a wisp.

A wisp?

You know, some say, that will-o'-the wisps lead you to your fate."- Disney, Brave

Commentary: In both The Alchemist and Disney's movie, Brave, they both talk about how you need to listen to outside forces to find your fate. By opening his eyes Santiago talked to the king and the king told him of his legend. In Brave Merida's mother had told her of the wisps and as she got older she used them to pursue her fate. Both had figures or information givers to help them find their legend.

Citation: "Suddenly, one of the hawks made a flashing dive through the sky, attacking the other. As it did so, a sudden, fleeting image came to the boy: an army, with its swords at the ready, riding into the oasis."(Coelho 103).

Citation: Romeo

"I fear, too early: for my mind misgives

Some consequence yet hanging in the stars

Shall bitterly begin his fearful date

With this night's revels and expire the term

Of a despised life closed in my breast

By some vile forfeit of untimely death."(1.4.13)

Commentary: In both The Alchemist and Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare they demonstrate personal legends being achieved by foreshadowing. Santiago reads the eagles flights and sees an attack on the oasis. Romeo says he feels something will happen "By some vile of untimely death".(1.4.13). Both used foreshadowing as a way to find their legend.

Conclusion: While reading The Alchemist I noticed three themes throughout the book. The themes that I noticed were pursing their dream, foreshadowing, and listening to mentors/people. I related these themes to the movie Brave by Disney, the song "Song of the Ancestors " by Disney, and the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. As you can see many literature elements can be related to the Alchemist theme of Personal legend.


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