Personal Legend By: Austyn Fry

Introduction: Love, destiny, and fear are all factors to finding your personal legend. The Alchemist by: Paulo Coelho shows the struggles a young boy faces to find his own personal legend. Yet through the wise words words of a writer, the inspiration of an actor, and the beautiful lyrics of a singer all connect to the trails the boy faces.

Detail 1: In The Alchemist, Santiago states his love for Fatima. “So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” (Paulo 126)

Detail 2: In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo also states his strong love for Juliet. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.”

Commentary: Love is one of the strong themes in The Alchemist and Romeo and Juliet. They both connect by showing no matter what trail is between them love will always: breaks through. Romeo's personal legend is to be with Juliet and Santiago's personal legend is to find the treasure but to also to find love along the way.

Detail 1: In The Alchemist it says "To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation" (Paulo 22)

Detail 2: This quotes comes from an inspiring and beloved actor Robin Williams. "I try to make sense of things. Which is why, i guess, I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be"

Commentary: Both Robin Williams and Santiago believe in destiny. Everyone has there purpose a.k.a personal legend but its the job of that person to find it. Destiny did get in the way of Santiago until he realized it was a map to finding his purpose.

Detail 1: Fear is shown out as a common theme also in The Alchemist. "The boy noted that there was a sense of fear in the air, even though no one said anything." (Paulo 80)

Detail 2: This is a song by Andra Day singing about fear and rising up.

Commentary: Both this song and book connect in more ways then one. Santiago faces fear more then once in The Alchemist but he always rises about it and over comes it. He has help from The Kind, Englishman, and The Wind are a few that helps him through these problems he is in. Just like this song and the add on to the song is Andra saying that fear can be overcome just if you have someone their to catch you along the way. All in the end helping rising above the trails of life and finding their personal legend.

Conclusion: In conclusion, no matter if it is from the the wise words words of a writer, the inspiration of an actor, and the beautiful lyrics of a singer it can all connect to the many themes in one book. Love, destiny, and fear can all be overcome with the right heart and mind to find your own personal legend in life.


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