Decisions are Everywhere

Thesis: "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho shows how omens or signs are used to help you make your decisions but that you also need to learn how to make the right decisions on your own, These strategies are resembled throughout the movie Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe by Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner, the poem “Choices” by Allen Steble, and the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare.

Detail 1: Stated by the King of Salem when telling Santiago to pursue his dreams is, “God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.”(Coelho 31)

Commentary: In the Movie Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, Mary and Luke have just broken up because Mary didn’t want to stay at the North Pole and Take over the Job of Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus, when she gets married. A rude elf named Teri who keeps trying to take over and ruin Mary's life is the main cause for Mary going home. Mary ends up finding a tape that Mr. Claus had accidentally left behind when he had came to visit a few days before Christmas. This tape being left behind was a sign that lead to Mary going back to the North Pole taking the job as Santa, Saving Santa, and telling her boyfriend that she was sorry.

Detail 2: In "The Alchemist" Santiago has just decide he would only use the Urim and Thimmium omen stones if he absolutely had too. “From then on, he would make his own decisions.”(Coelho 33)

Commentary: In the Poem “Choices” by Allen Steble it states, “We have a choice… to conquer our fear or hide in the shadow … We all have a choice to climb our highest mountain or fall into our deepest hole,” this poem shows how there is a good choice and a bad choice and that you can go either way. This poem resembles "The Alchemist", because Santiago is going on his personal legend and along the way he has decided to make his own decisions so he can either keep going and “...climb our highest mountain” or maybe he can give up and “...fall into our deepest hole."

Detail 3: In this quote the King of Salem is answering Santiago's question of what the world's greatest lie is. He states, “…everyone believes the world’s greatest lie. It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.”(Coelho 20)

Commentary: This quote is very true that people believe that their lives become taken over by fate. In "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, both Romeo and Juliet believe that fate is what decides their lives and it will take over and do what ever. In "Romeo and Juliet" Romeo says,"O, I am fortune's fool!"(3.1.142). Here Romeo is stating how he is taken over by fortune.

In Conclusion, Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, "Choices""Romeo and Juliet", and "The Alchemist" all have similarities when it comes to the way decisions are handled in there lives.

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