Discovering Yourself -The Alchemist "student/teacher" relationships

Thesis: Paulo Coelho allegorical book The Alchemist shows a lot of  student/teacher relationships through companions, self confidence, and metaphors these are shown in the play, Wizard of Oz, the movie, Freedom Writers, and the book, The Fault in our Stars.

Detail #1: "...the sheep had taught him something even more important: that there was a universal language in the world that everyone understood...It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired." (Coelho 62).

Commentary: The Scarecrow wishes for a brain, the Tin Man wants a heart and the Cowardly Lion wants nothing more than to be brave, but these characters possess these very qualities from the start. If someone were to look within themselves they may be able to pull out the strength, courage and intelligence they never knew they had.

Detail #2: ""If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure" (Coelho 144)

Commentary: Erin Gruwell sees one of her students outside of the class room to talk to him about a self evaluation in the class. He gave himself an 'F' because that is what he thought he deserved, but after a little talk to the teacher he finally realized that he had it in him the whole time and he just had to discover the power he had.

Detail #3: "Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World." (Coelho 87)

Commentary: People like to see what is right in front of them and jump to conclusions ,but like in the Fault in our Stars, Augustus uses the cigarette as a metaphor. "They don't kill you unless you light them," he said as his mom arrived at the curb. "And I've never lit one. It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing" (Green 122).

Augustus fought through cancer and all the problems that arose throughout the movie...but his love never fell short. His Personal Legend was Hazel Grace...

Conclusion: After reading The Alchemist it has student/teacher relationships, some that are more evident than others. These got shown through companions, self confidence, and metaphors. These are also shown in The Wizard of Oz, The Fault in our Stars, and the Freedom Writers. While someone is on their journey they will learn important things, through their teachers.


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