Thesis: "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare, "The Odyssey" by Homer and "Brave" produced by Disney all display courage, perserverance and following you're fate. Similar to concepts in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Detail #1: “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” (Coelho, 109)
Commentary: Homer, The author of The Odyssey shows great perseverance throughout his epic poem. Homer creates the idea of heroism and strength through rugged times. His legacy can relate to those of Santiago's in The Alchemist.
Detail #2: “Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.” (Coelho 96)
Commentary: In almost every page turned in The Alchemist your likely to come across some type of bravery and courage. The journey that Santiago takes is all about personal legend and destiny. But to achieve those things you must first achieve bravery. This is easily related to the movie "Brave" by Disney. The character "Merida" is standing far from the line of tradition and to get her families approval the young girl sets out on a journey stumbling on several obstacles that also demand courage.
Detail #3: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (Coelho, 49)
Commentary: In "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare there is an obvious family feud, thus disabaling girls and boys to be with someone from the other family. Romeo and Juliet rebel and find a way to be with each other and fate is worked on several different levels. Words cannot describe the strife that the couple went through defying stereotypes. But in the end fate brought the two together. They called it "Fate's Hand." Undeniably similar to the work of Paulo Coelho in "The Alchemist". The whole book is encompassed in the idea of fate and karma. The world working in your favor.
Conclusion: After reading Coelho's allegorical novel "The Alchemist" it is clear that one's journey can lead to great success and the universe has a plan. All though the obstacles are sometimes unbearable, a true soul will follow there fate.