Thesis: Similarly to "Carry on my Wayward Son" by Kansas, "Traveler" by Chris Stapleton, and The Secret written by Rhonda Byrne; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho shows how Personal Legends can by achieved through perseverance, courage, and faith.
Genre Source One: "Carry on my Wayward Son" by Kansas is a classic rock song that alludes to the fact that perseverance is very important for finding your treasure ("I set a course for winds of fortune"). The actual title of the song along with its chorus show that you should "carry on" no matter how "wayward" you may be.
MLA Source One: Paulo Coelho relays a similar message in the forward of his philosophical book The Alchemist, “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times" (Coelho xi).
Commentary One: Both of these pieces of art, though incredibly different, convey the similar theme of perseverance.
Genre Source Two: "Traveler" by Chris Stapleton is a red dirt country song that demonstrates that to be a traveler looking for your purpose requires an innumerable amount of courage. This is shown through Stapleton's lyrical chorus, "I couldn't tell you, honey I don't know / Where I'm going but I've got to go / 'Cause every turn reveals some other road / And I'm a traveler, oh, I'm a traveler."
MLA Source Two: In The Alchemist Coelho also fortifies the fact that courage is important when you are facing the unknowns of travel. One time this courage is shown was when Santiago and the alchemist were captured by Arab soldiers and the only way to escape without dying was for Santiago to turn into the wind. "He had no idea how he was going to transform himself into the wind. He wasn't an alchemist!" (Coelho 146). Despite being afraid, Santiago was able to turn into the wind, saving both him and the alchemist from certain death.
Commentary Two: In both "Traveler" and The Alchemist, courage is a prominent factor that proves no matter the distance, challenge, or uncertainty, courage will prevail in times of need.
Genre Source Three: The book The Secret written by Rhonda Byrne, is circulated around the idea of "the secret law of attraction". This is a law that says you can achieve whatever you want in life as long as you set your mind to it. "If you are not receiving what you are asking for, it is not the law that has failed. It means that your doubt is greater than your faith" (Byrne 59). By saying this Byrne illustrates that you must have faith that you will accomplish what you set your mind to.
MLA Source Three: The Alchemist conveys a similar message King Melchizedek adequately states, “When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it" (Coelho 64). Despite having his doubts, our protagonist put a tremendous amount of faith in this king by crossing a desert (twice).
Commentary Three: Both pieces of literature outline the true importance of having faith. If one cannot believe, one cannot receive.
Concluding Statement: All in all, these songs, books, and movies all show that as long as you have perseverance, courage, and faith, you can accomplish anything, legend or otherwise. For me, this would be too risky, but perhaps that's because I'm not quite ready to discover my own personal legend. But I will.