Thesis: After reading the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the song Pirate Bones by Natasha Bedingfield, the movie Prince of Egypt, and the play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat; all show why the desert is the perfect landscape for a spiritual journey.
#1. Prince of Egypt and the Alchemist both show the pursuits of one's personal legend, and how the world conspires to help one reach theirs.
#1. A: In the Alchemist, Santiago is confronted by a mysterious king telling him of personal legends. The king persuades the boy to pursue his. The fear of change and risk scares the boy to make such a bold move. The King then reassures Santiago by stating, "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" (Coelho 24).
#1. B: In the movie, The Prince of Egypt, Moses discovered he wasn't an Egyptian and so not really a prince. His whole life was a lie, and he decided to run away into the desert to find himself. Little did he know he was on the road to his personal Legend. Moses meets a small village chief who reminds him that he might seem small in his eyes, but he is a part of a God's bigger plan. The chief of the village said, "And the stone that sits on the very top of the mountain's mighty face doesn't think it's more important than the ones that form the base. SO how can you see what your life is worth, or where your value lies. You can never see through the eyes of man. You must look at your life, look at your life through heaven's eyes."
#1. C: Both Moses and Santiago are pushed outside of their realty, and comfort zone to pursue their personal legends. They both successfully reach theirs too.
#2.: Next, the Alchemist also resembled the movie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, through the understanding of omens, the will of God, and the spiritual world.
#2. A: Santiago interprets the omens of the desert. He successfully predicts the attackers of the oasis. Because of his prediction, he was anointed counselor of the oasis. "We always observe the Traditions. The Tradition saved Egypt from famine in those days, and made the Egyptians the wealthiest of people. The Tradition teaches men how to cross the desert, how their children should marry. The Tradition says that an oasis is neutral territory, because both sides have oases, and so both are vulnerable" (Coelho 111).
#2. B: In Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Joseph is favorited by his father making his brothers jealous. His brothers sell him to a slave trader form Egypt. Eventually he is asked by Pharaoh to interpret his dream. Joseph reads the omens of the dream (thanks to God) and states, "Pharaoh's dreams are one. The healthy cows and ears of grain are seven years of abundance. The sickly cows and the withered grain... mean seven years of famine will follow... and destroy the land. Egypt may not survive.-During the years of plenty, have him collect one-fifth of the grain from every field and store it under guard. Then, during the famine, give it back to the people." When Joseph informs Pharaoh of the meaning of his dreams, he accomplishes his personal legend.
#2. C: Joseph and Santiago must read the omens to reach their personal legends. To do that they must understand the language of the world. Joseph and Santiago are very alike in that way. Even the Chief of the oasis knew that when he said, "I'm standing by the Nile. Seven healthy cows are peacefully on the banks. But then, seven horribly, sickly cows come from the same river, the most retched I have ever seen. Suddenly they began to devour the cattle. Yet the cows remain as sickly as they were before. Then I wake up."
#3.: Now, the song Pirate Bones by Natasha Bedingfield, and the Alchemist both show loneliness in the desert.
#3. A: Santiago noticed the loneliness in the desert almost immediately. "But the desert is so huge, and the horizons so distant, that they make a person feel small, and as if he should remain silent" (Coelho 75). Because of the this, he was forced to contemplate himself, his dreams, his family and friends. A thing all people should go through.
#3. B: Natasha provided the desert's impression in her song, Pirate bones. The song is about a protagonist reaching their personal legend, only to regret it. the song mentions that the protagonist sacrificed an important relationship for their personal legend. The song states, "Thirsty in a desert with a bag full of gold / Don't wanna end up like pirate bones / what I thought was precious was just a pile o' stones / I might have the treasure but I'd be lying alone / just a pile of pirate bones" The protagonist is sickened with regret for risking it all, and coming out fruitless. Or even worse, maybe that wasn't their personal legend.
#3. C: The two stories are very alike in the way of perusing a personal legend. The difference is, in the song the protagonist was unsuccessful. Both provide the audience with something relatable either way.
Conclusion: The desert is wonderful for spiritual journeys of all sorts. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Prince of Egypt, and Pirate Bones by Natasha Bedingfield all show how the desert provides spiritual understanding.