A journey to faith through the desert and across foreign lands

Thesis: The direction of your conscience, your happiness and the power of strength to accomplish seemingly insurmountable events comes from faith, which is exhibited throughout Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist, a sonnet about faith, wise words of Albus Dumbledore and a book of a bible.

Detail #1: After selling his sheep and dropping everything to pursue his Personal Legend, Santiago arrives in a new land only to have his money stolen, but despite the harsh circumstances he still finds an optimistic outlook. "Looking around, he sought his sheep, and then realized that he was in a new world. But instead of being saddened, he was happy. He no longer had to seek out food and water for his sheep; he could go in search of his treasure, instead. He had not a cent in his pocket, but he had faith"(Coelho 45).

Commentary: "It was by faith Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he got there he lived by faith-for he was a foreigner living in tents"(New Living Translation, Hebrews. 11.8-9).

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Detail #2: The boy was troubled, so the alchemist gave him encouraging advice and told him to listen to his heart."...his heart began to tell him things that came from the Soul of the World. It said that all people who are happy have God within them. And happiness could be found from a grain of sand from the desert, as the alchemist had said... Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, a threatening place"(Coehlo 135).


Detail #3: Santiago was in a life or death situation; he was taken in by tribesmen who threatened to kill him if he couldn't turn himself into wind. The boy was frightened to be faced with such a daunting task, yet he calmed himself. He talked to the desert, the wind, the sun and then God. "The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could preform miracles...For generations thereafter, the Arabs recounted the legend of the boy who turned himself into the wind..."(Coehlo 157)

Commentary: "True faith can make miles look like one furlong!" (A. Celestine 3.11) "Sure, faith can do an impossible thing!" (A. Celestine 2.5) "Yes, faith can lift a mountain from its base! Yes, faith can turn a river off its course"(A. Celestine 1.1/2)

Conclusion: Your mindset, perseverance and attitude is determined through your faith in either yourself, your ability, or a divine presence which is made evident by the following: Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist, a sonnet about faith, Albus Dumbledore and in abook of a bible. When you begin to look at things from a new perspective, with faith, it is as if you're putting on a new pair of eyes. Likewise you begin to accomplish miracles and do otherwise impossible things. Then in the end who you are as a person becomes decided, your character, and soul, grows in faith.

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