Thesis- As presented in Paulo Coelho's, The Alchemist, we discover ourselves in our own experiences not though others' wants and plans for our future. We see this in a scene from the 80's classic The Breakfast Club, The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, and the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11.
Detail: "People from all over the world have passed through this village, son," said his father. " They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived" (pg.11).
Commentary: Santiago was telling his father what he wanted to be when he grew up. His father had spent all this money on him, and now Santiago tells of the travels he wants to have as a simple shepherd. The title he will be given as a shepherd as the title the main characters are told in the ending scene of the Breakfast Club.
Detail-"The Road Not Taken", by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Commentary-As life goes on us as people will always continue to question whether we make our own destiny or its chosen for us. The poem tells us that when we do choose our path or it chooses us, our path may not be easy, it's all to what we choose not what anybody else does.
Detail-Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
Commentary -This verse is an exert from the Bible, to me it says that as we try and choose our own path ultimately its in God's hands. That even when others such as parents, peers, and other individuals try and influence our decisions nothing is set in stone.
Conclusion-To conclude after reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, we discover ourselves in our own experiences not through others wants and plans for our future. There are many factors in figuring out life, whether it be the career, lifestyle, or religion; you just have to choose which one you want to control.