The Alchemist finding your personal legend

In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, Santiago must pay attention to signs and omens, never give up, and listen to his conscience in order to make the right decisions that will lead him to his Personal Legend, ideas also seen in "Colors of the Wind", "Dream On", and "Invictus".

"It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting" (Coelho, 13).

"Dream until your dreams come true", is what Aerosmith's song, "Dream On", says about working towards your Personal Legend. Similarly, in "The Alchemist", Santiago must encourage himself to continue on with his journey when he faces hardships.

Three times Santiago loses everything, but that doesn't stop him from reaching his treasure, his goal. Others in The Alchemist, for example, the crystal merchant, do not want to achieve their dreams. "'s the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive. That's what helps me face these days that are all the same..." (Coelho, 57).

“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better" (Coelho, 106).

Both The Alchemist and "Colors of the Wind" from Disney's Pocahontas tell that it is important to pay attention to the world around you and base your decisions on your observations.

Omens play an important role in The Alchemist, leading Santiago to his goal, if he is wise enough to read and interpret the signs. On Pocahontas's journey she goes to Grandmother Willow to understand the meaning of a dream, similar to how Santiago sees the Gypsy woman. Throughout the film, Pocahontas sees things that were in her dream. The clouds in her dream turn out to be the white sails of a ship, and the spinning arrow is the arrow of a compass. When she sees these signs, she knows that she is on the right path to her Personal Legend.

I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul. (Henley, 15-16).

A message I got from both The Alchemist and William Ernest Henley's "Invictus" is that you control your own fate. Your actions and decisions will lead you to your destiny.

Yes, sometimes your conscience leads you astray, but "You will never be able to escape your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say" (Coelho, 134). You will know how to reach your goals if you only listen to your conscience. You can truly be the master of your fate!

"Never stop dreaming, the old king had said, "Follow the omens."

In conclusion, you must believe in yourself, listen to your heart, and pay attention to the signs on the path to your own Personal Legend!

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Abby Bennett


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