Philosophies of Personal Legends Drake Miller

A personal legend is, "The unique path that leads to an individual's destiny". This is honestly expressed in Paulo Coeloho's The Alchemist. Most of the plot in The Alchemist is a boy named Santiago chasing after his personal legend or dream. His does so through many different philosophies as do the plot of Miley Cyrus' The Climb, the How bad do you want it speech, and Forrest Gump.

For openers The Climb and The Alchemist can easily be compared. In The Alchemist it explains, "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting...(Coelho, 11). This is explains how knowing you are striving for something greater in life makes the struggles rewarding. Commonly explained in The Climb saying, " Ain't about how fast I get there, ain't about what's waiting on the other side, it's the climb". This explains how Miley Cyrus also believes sometimes the struggles are what "Makes life interesting"(Coelho, 11). Also how her philosophy striving for her personal legend is similar to part of plot in The Alchemist. This is only one way The Alchemist connects to the plot of many other plots.

Another speech or text The Alchemist relates to is the How Bad do you want it speech. In The Alchemist it says, "... every blessing ignored becomes a curse."(Coelho, 60). This tells us how we may regret looking back on not doing something difficult that could've helped us reach our personal legend. In the How Bad speech it says," You have to want success as bad as you want to breath". I this quote is saying the worst struggle you want to get out of, you should have that same feeling about going out and grabbing success. I feel these both simply explain you control your own destiny through daily struggles and wanting your dream bad enough. This is only another one of the many ways The Alchemist relates to different philosophies.

Lastly The Alchemist relates to the movie Forrest Gump. In The Alchemist its says, "we have to be prepared for change...(Coelho, 8). In Forrest Gump it says," Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get". These quotes both explain no matter how life comes at you to reach your dream it is best to keep going on. Also another good relating of philosophy was expressed in The Alchemist it said, "I'm an alchemist simply because i'm an alchemist" (Coelho, 132). In Forrest Gump it said, "When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went". The Alchemist and Forrest Gump both get across that your journey for your personal legend is as simple or tough as you make it. Which explains how their philosophies helped them strive for their personal legends.

Concluding all of this there are many different ways individuals strive after their personal legends. Also their many similar philosophies that are used in The Alchemist as The Climb, How Bad speech, and Forrest Gump. Do you know your personal legend, and what life philosophy will fit your expedition best?

Works Cited

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