life, full of options and decisions by kaitlin lumb

Thesis Statement:

In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, Homer's The Odyssey, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken, people are forced to make difficult decisions that could be affected by emotions, omens, and personal legends.

Detail 1:

In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, Santiago, a young boy has travel a desert in search of treasure, when he meets a young woman and has to decide whether to leave her or stay . Santiago stated " I want to stay at the oasis, I've found Fatima, and, as far as I'm concerned she is worth more then treasure."(Coelho 122). Santiago was conflicted by his emotions but ultimately decided to leave with the alchemist. Even though he decide to leave his emotions placed a part in the decision making.

In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, both Romeo and Juliet are conflicted by their emotions similar to Santiago. In act II scene II, ROMEO :The exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine.

JULIET: I gave thee mine before thou didst request it: And yet I would it were to give again.

ROMEO: Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose, love?

JULIET :But to be frank, and give it thee again. And yet I wish but for the thing I have: My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.(2.2.127-135).

Juliet and Romeo are in love but he is a Montague and she is a Capulet. This means their love was forbidden, causing a a difficult decision when Romeo ask Juliet to marry him. Her decision was affected by her emotions.

Detail 2:

In The Alchemist, Santiago was offered a job by a man who believed in omens. On page 50, "... the merchant turned to the boy and said," I'd like you to work in my shop. Two customers came in today while you were working, and that's a good omen."" The merchant decided to offer Santiago a job because the decision was effect by an omen.

In Homer's The Odyssey, Zeus sent a pair of eagles to tell the suitors that Odysseus was near and when he returned he was going to kill the suitors in his home. " Zeus sent forth a pair of eagles, flying from a mountain peak on high.""... but as they reached the middle of the many-voiced assembly, wheeling about they briskly flapped their wings, glared at the heads of all, and death was in their eyes. Then with their claws tearing each other's cheek and neck , they darted to the right, across the town and houses. Men marveled at the birds, as they beheld, and pondered in their hearts what they might mean. And to the rest spoke old lord Halitherses, the son of Mastor; for he surpassed all people of his time in understanding birds and telling words of fate. He with good will addressed them thus, and said: "Hearken now, men of Ithaca, to what I say; and to the suitors especially I speak, for over them rolls a great wave of woe. Odysseus will not long be parted form his friends, but even now is near, sowing the seeds of death and doom for all men here.""(homer 13).

Detail 3:

In The Alchemist, Santiago grew up learning to be a priest until he told his parents that he wanted to follow his personal legend, to travel. Santiago recalls" One afternoon, on a visit to his family, he summoned up the courage to tell his father that he didn't want to become a priest. That he wanted to travel." "...his father said "among us the only ones whop travel are the shepherds." " Well, then I'll be a shepherd!"" (Coelho 11).

Robert Frost stated "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by and that made all the difference." The setting being the woods, makes me think of a quite secluded area for the person to decided their future, the symbolism in that is that the person has no help to decide which path, meaning that he/she would have to use their personal legend to decide what path to take.

Conclusion

In Paulo Coehlo The Alchemist, Homer's The odyssey, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken, the main character or characters used their emotions, omens and their personal legends to make decisions. While deciding the answer the character learned something out life and/or themselves.

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