Thesis: Paulo Coelho's symbolic novel The Alchemist emphasizes the significant of possessing and achieving your personal legend through love, inspiration, and wisdom, ideas seen simply through the words of a star-crossed lover, a breast cancer patient, and a legendary hero.
Detail #1: "This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you" (Coelho 65).
Commentary: Romeo, the male protagonist in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, demonstrates love as "smoke", as "fire", as a "sea", and as "madness". " Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparking in lovers' eyes; Being vexed a sea nourish'd with loving tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet (Shakespeare 201).
Detail #2: "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
Commentary: Laura Barnes's poem "I Am Not A Victim Of Breast Cancer" represents the idea of inspiration through her poem of her relationship between breast cancer.
I am not a victim of breast cancer. I am experincing breast cancer.
I Am not dying. I am living.
I am not curing. I am healing and restoring.
I am not fearing. I am loving and trusting
I am not fighting. I am ceasing all hostility and conflict.
I am not weak or diminished. I am strong and whole and complete.
Detail #3: "The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them."
Commentary: Odysseus, a legendary hero from Homer's Ancient Greek novel The Odyssey shares a wise message as his journey begins. "My word, how mortals take the gods to task! All their afflictions come from us, we hear. And what of their own failings? Greed and folly double the suffering in the lot of man" (Homer 34).
Conclusion: So reading The Alchemist it is clear to know that people should follow their path to greatness, no matter what the challenges stand in their way.