Thesis: In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist it shown that we make make decisions through omens, fate, and guidance as also seen in a eye-opening movie, a poem, and a magical book series.
Edvidence: The king of Salem explains to Santiago what to do about his Personal Legend.
"In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you." (Coehlo 31).
Commentary: The movie Dragonfly, directed by Tom Shadyac, shows us that if you just believe and follow the signs then you will reach the things that you didn't even know you needed,
The movie is about a doctor who losses his pregnant wife during a missonary trip to Argentina when a bus she was in fell into a river with no survivers. As a request from his wife while she was gone, he goes and checks on her pediactric patients. There the children tell him about his wife and him although they have never met. Multiple signs of a dragonfly-like symbol show up which was his wife's favorite animal due to a birthmark on her shoulder. This eventially leads to him going to the village in Argentina where his wife helped and discovered that she had given birth before she died. Their he discovered that the villagers were taking care of the baby.
Evidence: In The Alchemist the King of Salem explains the fate in achieving your Personal Legend to Santiago.
"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires is helping you to achieve it" (Coehlo 24).
Commentary: A poem intitled "The Winds of Fate" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox depicts how fate leads us as the wind leads ships.
One ship drives east and another drives west.
With the selfsame winds that blow;
'Tis of the sails
And not the gales.
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate
As we voyage along through the life;
'Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal
And not the calm or the strife. (1-10)
Edvidence: In The Alchemist, the Alchemist tells Santiago the outcome of if he decides to stay at the oasis with Fatima instead of pursuing his Personal Legend.
" 'Well what if I decide to stay?' 'Let me tell you what will happen. You'll marry Fatima, and you'll both be happy for a year. You'll learn to love the desert, and you'll get to know every one of the fifty thousand palms. You'll watch them as they grow, demonstrating how the world is always changing. And you'll get better and better at reading omens, because they desert isthew best teacher there is. Sometime during the second year, you'll remember about the treasure. The omens will begin to insistently to speak of it, and you'll try to ignore them. You'll use your knowledge for the welfare of the oasis and its inhabitants. The tribal chief will appreciate what you do. And your camels will bring you wealth and money. During the third year, the omens will continue to speak of your treasure and your Personal Legend. You'll walk around, night after night,at the oasis,and Fatima will be unhappy because she'll feel it was she who interrupted your quest. But you will love her,and she'll return your love. You'll remember that she never asked you to stay, because a women of the desert knows that she must awaits her man. So you won't blame her. But many times you'll walk the sands of the desert, thinking that maybe you could have left... that you could have trusted more if your love for Fatima. Because what kept you at the oasis was your own fear that you might never come back. At that point, omenswill tell you that your treasure is buried forever. Then, sometime during the fourth year, the omens will abandoned you, because you've stopped listening to them. The tribal chieftains will see that, and you'll be dismissed from your position as counselor. But by then, you'll be a rich merchant, with many camels and a great deal of merchandise. You'll spend the rest of your life knowing that you didn't pursue your Personal Legend, and that its too late.' " (Coehlo 123-124).
Commentary: In the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore announces words of wisdom to the students of Hogwarts when the treat to giving into Voldemort is high.
"That we are all facing dark and difficult times... it the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy" (Rowling 460).
Conclusion: No matter how we make our choices it is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities - Albus Dumbledore