The Great Expedition By: Payton Sapp

Thesis: The sources The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and The Odyssey by Homer are all very similar, the characters in these texts all are on a journey and show courage, perseverance, and faith.

In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho the main character Santiago is on a journey to find his treasure and or conquer his personal legend. Next, in the book The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway a main character The Old Man is on his journey to catch a great fish. Finally, in the book The Odyssey by Homer, the main character Odysseus is on his journey to return home.

Although Personal legend is only mentioned is mentioned in The Alchemist, personal legends can be observed in The Odyssey and The Old Man and the Sea.

First or all, in these texts the main characters have to show courage through their journeys. This trait is crucial to the outcome of each characters expedition. Each character says certain messages that portray courage.

Detail:Santiago from The Alchemist says "I am an adventurer, looking for treasure."(Coelho 46) at this point in the book Santiago had decided for sure and built up enough courage to really know and say what his quest was.

Detail:Like Santiago, The Old Man from The Old Man and the Sea says "Let him think that I am more of a man than I am and I will be so." The old man says this when he is facing his great fish and he has built up the courage to fully battle the fish.

Detail:Now, the character Odysseus from The Odyssey says "Urge him with truth to frame his fair replies: and sure he will for wisdom never lies." Odysseus has built up the courage to face and apply his wisdom to his adventure and others in this example.

In the text The Old Man and the Sea the Old Man is faced with raging seas while he fights the fish of a life time from his small skiff.

Second of all, all three characters from each text have to show perseverance qualities to succeed in their journey.

Detail:This next quote is directed toward Santiago from the king of Salem. He says " There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." This is showing the perseverance that Santiago has to and does show on his journey.

Detail:From The Old Man and the Sea the Old man says "Fish, I will stay with you until I am dead." If anything shows perseverance this quote does. The Old man shows that he will persevere and stay fighting the fish forever.

Detail:In the book The Odyssey, Odysseus says " Dear friends, surely we are not unlearned in evils. This is no greater evil now than it was when the cyclops had us cooped in his hollow cave by my courage and council and my intelligence we escaped away. I think that all will be remembered some day too. Then do as I say, let us all be won over."(12.208-213)

Explanation: Despite the long quote having many different points what is mainly happening is that Odysseus is telling his men to continue to persevere because they have already persevered through harder times than what they are currently facing.

Santiago in The Alchemist has to travel to Egypt to find the Pyramids in hope of discovering his great treasure.

Finally, the characters all had to demonstrate faith. This was often crucial in their travels. If anything the trait of faith just ensures that the person will continue and faith gives people a reason to continue.

Detail:For starters, In The Alchemist a man named The Alchemist was telling Santiago about his dream and personal legend. He said " When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream."

Explanation:This installed faith into young Santiago and gave him a reason to believe that his dream was for real and also that he would achieve it.

Detail: Next, In the book The Old Man and the Sea, The Old Man is talking about his faith in hoping when he is referencing it to hoping to catch fish. He says " It's silly not to hope. Its a sin if you didn't he thought."

Detail:Finally, In the Odyssey the main character Odysseus says "For fate has wove the thread of life with pain, and twins from the birth are misery and man."

Explanation:Odysseus says this because he is speaking of his faith in fate and he is analyzing how many things connect to fate. Fate is what allows not only Odysseus but the other characters to advance in their expedition.

Conclusion: In conclusion, the characters from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and The Odyssey by Homer can all be connected by the qualities of perseverance, courage, and faith. This is shown by the characters through their journeys. Without these qualities the characters may not have finished their expeditions.


Created with images by Jay Erickson - "road" • fun in photo's - "DSC06720" • Moyan_Brenn - "Desert"

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.