Thesis: In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the influences that impact Santiago help with the relationships and decision making. These elements are also seen in The Bible, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and the song Listen to Your Heart by D.H.T.
Evidence 1: "'Always heed omens,' the old king had said. The boy recalled what he had seen in the visions, and sensed that it was actually going to occur," ( Coelho 104).
Commentary: The King had played a big part of Santiago's journey to finding his treasure because throughout the book Coelho referenced back to the King and what he said about the omens. Like the King, Jesus played a big part on influencing the people around him. This quote reflects how Jesus feels about people who have doubted him and what he has to say. This reflects back to how Santiago doubted that a king would come up to him a and advise him to get the treasure like how Jesus was advising people how to believe and receive eternal life with Him.
For example in The Bible it says, " Verily, verily, I say unto thee, we speak that we know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you Earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things," (John 3: 11-12 King James Version).
Jesus guiding those in the selfless way
Evidence 2: "At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke- the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding it in their heart. It was love," ( Coelho 95).
Commentary: When Santiago first saw Fatima it was love at first sight just like it was with Romeo and Juliet. I believe that the Englishman was an influence because Santiago trusted him enough that he went around a village to find the Alchemist for him thus leading him to Fatima, his true love like an omen. This quote from Shakespeare shows how when his friends dragged him to the ball he ended up falling at first sight. When Romeo saw Juliet from afar he was star struck and like Santiago describes her beauty like they had never seen anything so beautiful in their lives before.
In Romeo and Juliet it says,
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night, ( 1.5.42-51).
Evidence 3: "The alchemist smiled. The wind approached the boy and touched his face. It knew of the boy's talk with the desert, because the wind knows everything. They blow across the world without a birthplace, and with no place to die..." "'Who taught you to speak the language of the desert and the wind?'
'My heart,' the boy answered," ( Coelho 156).
Commentary: The Alchemist, desert, and wind all played an important role of influence with how Santiago grew as a person and his coming of age. They all taught him how to speak the language of the desert with trials and omens to help him recognize the real meaning behind the message. A connection I made while reading this scene was the song Listen to Your Heart by D.H.T because the point that the alchemist and the wind were trying to make was for the boy to listen to his heart. I really like the part in the song where they say,
Listen to your heart when he's calling for you
listen to your heart there's nothing else you can do
I don't know where your going and I don't know why
listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye
Likewise, these lyrics to me related to that section in the book because at this point they have already have taught the boy as much as they can and they want him to listen to his heart to be able to do all things that they taught him to do.
Conclusion: In conclusion all of these influences have shown that through The Alchemist and other sources like The Bible, Romeo and Juliet, and Listen to Your Heart your relationships and decision making depend on the omens that show up in your life and its up to you to follow the right sign.