Do What You Want to Do By: Conner Avila P.4

Love Isn't Everything:

On his journey, Santiago falls in love with a girl and has to decide whether he will stay with her at the Oasis, or continue his journey to find his Personal Legend. "You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it's because it wasn't true love... the love that speaks the language of the world"(124). This quote said by The Alchemist means that if you have a Personal Legend that you are trying to achieve and you end up coming across love, just know that if they love you as much as you love them, they will wait for you no matter what.

Live Your Life:

During his journey, Santiago believes that he is having a conversation with his heart and is confused. The Alchemist later says, "Well that's good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say."(133). The meaning of this quote is that as long as your heart is still beating, always make everyday the best day that you could make it because you may not be able to have another day.

Take Risks:

Santiago suddenly starts to feel his heart is afraid of something and he is not sure why. He then tells The Alchemist and he says, "That makes sense... Naturally it's afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you've won."(133). This quote is basically saying that some people are fine with the way that they are currently living and think that if they pursue their dream that they haven't yet, they will lose everything that they have done to get to where they are right now.

Do What You Think is Right:

While Santiago is speaking with his heart, he asks The Alchemist, "You mean I should listen, even if it's treasonous?"(133). The Alchemist then responds with, "If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you."(133). Basically what this quote is saying is that you should always trust yourself to do what you think is right or what you were taught was right.

Prepare For the Future:

During his travels, Santiago starts to think about what he used to have before the journey and what he had lost. Realizing this, The Alchemist says, "Don't think about what you've left behind, [e]verything is written in the Soul of the World, and there it will stay forever."(127). The meaning of this quote is to not always dwell on what had happened in the past but to always be ready for the future and make now the best the you can.


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