The Alchemist Dalton Hodge

"He had the same dream that night as a week ago, and once again he had awakened before it ended."(6)
This quote symbolizes how Santiago should go after his dreams and believe in himself because he has had the dream more than once about a little girl telling him about a hidden treasure at the pyramids. If Santiago didn't believe in his dreams, he wouldn't have found the treasure or Fatima.
"You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it's because it wasn't true love... The love that speaks the language of the world." (124)
Santiago must learn to love and let go of Fatima because if he doesn't, he wont go the pyramids and complete his journey of pursuing his personal legend and will regret it for the rest of his life for never having completed his personal legend.
"Since the miner had sacrificed everything to his personal legend, the old man decided to become involved."(26)
The miner had spent his entire life trusting his intuition and in the universe to guide him, that he was able to accomplish his personal legend in finding the most beautiful emerald stone there was.
"one afternoon, on a visit to his family, he had summoned up the courage to tell his father that he didn't want to become a priest. That he wanted to travel."(11)
Instead of becoming what his parents wanted him to become, Santiago believed in his dreams and in himself. Thus making the first major step in completing his personal legend because if Santiago would've gone along with the plan his parents set out for him, he would've never even started to go after his personal legend.
"You'll spend the rest of your days knowing that you didn't pursue your personal legend and that now it's too late."(124)
Santiago is at the point of his personal legend where he is about to give it all up to stay in oasis with Fatima because he thinks if he leaves Fatima for a long time the love they had for each other will be gone because he hasn't learned to love and to let go.

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