The Alchemist Influences on decisions

Thesis: Paul Coelho's The Alchemist, Carol Heyer's The Christmas Story, the film Moana, and Kathryn Stockett's The Help show how omens, mentors, and your dreams influence the decisions we make.

Detail #1: "The boy picked up the Urim and Thummim, and, once again, had the strange sensation the old king was nearby. He had worked hard for a year, and the omens were it was time to go." (Coelho 64).

Commentary: In the above statement the Urim and Thummim can be seen as omens used to show the boy he must continue his quest for his treasure. The boy made the decision to continue on his journey due to the omens. Similarly in the retelling of The Christmas Story by Carol Heyer , the wisemen were sent a dream from God telling them to avoid King Herod and take a different route to avoid Jerusalem. The wisemen made the decision to take a different route because of the dream. This possibly could have saved Jesus' life.

"Later when the wise men slept, they were warned in a dream not to tell King Herod or his followers where to find Jesus because they wanted to hurt the baby. When the time came for the wise men to leave, they took a different route home, one that allowed them to avoid Jerusalem and Herod altogether" (Heyer 23)

Detail #2: "But that night, as he had watched the cobra within the circle, the strange horseman with the falcon on his shoulder had spoken of love and treasure, of the women of the desert and of his Personal Legend. 'I'm going with you,' the boy said. And immediately felt peace in his heart. "(Coelho 125).

Commentary: The strange horseman with the falcon on his shoulder referred to is the alchemist. The Alchemist is considered as a mentor for the boy throughout the book. The alchemist influences the decision by telling him of what he believes and what will happen. In film Moana, Grandma Tala serves as a mentor teaching Moana the ways of the sea and always telling her to follow her Personal Legend. With all the pressures of being the chief's daughter Moana decided that she must choose her people over her dreams. In the scene below, Grandma tells Moana to go and fulfill her destiny. After this Moana went out into the sea and completed the quest the find the heart of Typhete.

Detail #3: "His parents wanted him to be a priest, and thereby a source of pride for a simple farm family...But ever since he had been a child, he had wanted to know the world, and this was much more important to him...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."(Coelho 10).

Commentary: The boy had dreams to travel, his decision to be a shepherd instead of a priest was due to his dreams and what he felt inspired to do. Skeeter in Kathryn Stockett's The Help had aspirations to write a book that people will read and make a difference. When faced with the opportunity to create a meaningful book, Skeeter went for it even though it is dangerous. Her dreams impacted her decision and lead her to writing a book that changed many perspectives.

"...my real dream was that one day I would write something that people would actually read." (Stockett 69)

Conclusion: There are many influences on our everyday decisions such as omens, mentors, and our aspirations. This can be seen in Paul Coelho's The Alchemist, the film Moana, Kathryn Stockett's The Help, and Carol Heyer's The Christmas Story.

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