The Alchemist “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Santiago
Well, I'd like to see their land, and see how they live.

From the very beginning of the book Santiago was adventurous and determined to learn about the world as much as he could. Because of this he started off training to become a priest where he learned to read. But the desire to learn about the world and explore soon overcame his desire to become a priest so his father gave him what would be his inheritance to become a Shepard. As a Shepard Santiago receives a vision but he didn't know what it meant.

Old Gypsy Women
It's a dream in the language of the world, I can interpret it, but the interpretation is very difficult. That's why I feel I deserve a part of what you find.

Because Santiago wanted to know, what the vision meant he visited and she told him what it meant if he agreed to give 10% of the treasure found. The Gypsy Women in the story was meant to tell the protagonist what he needed to do.

King Melchizedek
Never stop dreaming, follow the omens.

After Santiago went to see the Gypsy Women an old man named Melchizedek said he was the king of Salem and for 10% of Santiago's flock he would tell Santiago where he would need to go to find his treasure form his dream and gave him a Urim and Thummim to help him interpret omens. Melchizedek is important because he helps inspire Santiago to seek out his personal legend. In a sense, he reminds me of Gandalf in The Hobbit because Gandalf inspires Bilbo to go on his quest or personal legend to help Thorin take back his home from the dragon Smaug.

Crystal Merchant
I'm afraid that if my dream is realized, I'll have no reason to go on living.

After going to Tarfia all of Santiago's money was stolen but he managed to get a job with a Crystal Merchant. In the story, the Crystal Merchant is afraid of change. This shows how hesitant he was to make a display case for his crystal or by not wanting to expand his business into tea. The Crystal Merchant would one day like to go to Mecca but is afraid to because if he did he might not have any purpose in life anymore.

The Englishman
Everything in life is and omen, there is a universal language, understood by everybody, but already forgotten.

Santiago meets the English man when he has finally earned enough money to go home but decides to see how much it would cost to go to the Pyramids. When the English man notices that Santiago has a Urim and Thummim he says that their meeting was a good omen. In the story, the Englishman finds the Alchemist and realizes that his personal legend was not becoming the Alchemist's student to try on his own without the thought for the reward of making an Elixir of Life of and Philosopher Stone.

Fatima
If I am really a part of your dream, you'll come back one day.

Once Santiago reaches the city in the desert, he and the English man go looking for the Alchemist but cannot find him. While looking Santiago finds a beautiful woman named Fatima who he immediately falls in love with and the next day asks her to marry him. Fatima is important to the story because instead of marrying him she convinced him to complete his personal legend first because she knew that later he would regret it.

Tribesmen
Arms are capricious as the desert. If at least one of them hasn't been been used by the end of the day tomorrow, one will be used on you.

While watching a hawk Santiago has a vision of an army and tells the Tribal Chieftains of the. The Chiefs would prepare but only for a day and if the army did not come, Santiago would be killed. Because of this event, it showed that Santiago was not afraid of death because he would have seen more than any other Shepard has before.

The Alchemist
You're the one who may die, I already know how to turn myself into the wind.

While on his way to the pyramids a camp of tribesmen, stop Santiago, take all his money, and give him three days to become wind because the Alchemist told them he could. So after talking to the desert, wind, sun, hand that wrote all he was finally able to become wind. This part of the story is important because it shows that he is able to use what he has learned about the heart of the world.

I dreamed that I should travel to the fields of Spain and look for a ruined church where shepherds and their sheep slept.

After Santiago reached the pyramid, Santiago was robbed again and beaten by three men because they wanted to find whatever he was looking for. After beating Santiago one of the men tell Santiago he had a dream of a treasure in Spain by a ruined church and told him he would be a fool if he even tried going. Of course, Santiago went to Spain and found his treasure like the one in his dream.

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