The Search for Signs by: Matthew holloway

People use Irrational factors or omens like unseen beings, random events, or sudden actions to make important decisions in the story of Odysseus, Rudeus, and the wise men.

People use unseen beings such as gods to explain the unknown. Within the alchemist people speak of god and how the world is wanting you to win. "I want to see the greatness of Allah" (Coelho, 153). Also in the movie the Odyssey people rely on the gods and practice hospitality because they never know who the gods are.

Some events can seem random but some see those as omens. One of the most used elements in the alchemist is omens, Santiago is told to follow the omens almost constantly throughout the book. "In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens" (Coelho, 31). Similarly in Jobless Reincarnation Rudeus uses the omen of his child crying to decide to bring more people to war with him. "...this is the first time Lara ever had an outburst like this...am I going to die?" (Magonote, 43-46).

Omens are followed throughout the Alchemist. The Alchemist shows predictions made by sudden events. "Suddenly, one of the hawks made a flashing dive...an army, with its swords at the ready, riding into the oasis." (Coelho, 103). In the Bible the story of the wise men show a sudden event that tells them where to go. "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." (Matthew, 2:2)

In conclusion, people use irrational factors to make decisions. The stories of Santiago, Odysseus, Rudeus and the wise men are all connected in this way.

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