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The Alchemist (Book Review)

A Brief discussion about a book by Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist. Read along some information about the author, the book, the summary and some archetypal symbols. Viewing this presentation is a good start but nothing beats the reading of the book itself.

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The Alchemist (Book Review)

  1. 1. A Book Review W o r l d L i t e r a t u r e I V – B S P T O r d i n a d o , F . A . M a r t i n e z , Z . E .
  2. 2. W e w i l l b e d i s c u s s i n g a b o u t o n e o f t h e m o s t i n f l u e n t i a l b o o k s o f a l l t i m e s . C a n y o u g u e s s w h a t b o o k i t i s ? L e t u s s e e i f y o u c a n g u e s s i t u s i n g 4 P i c s 1 W o r d
  3. 3. I L A S D A F Y R N A C E T H G M K
  4. 4. D A F Y R N A G K A L C H E M I S T
  5. 5. O u r b o o k r e v i e w w i l l b e f r o m :
  6. 6. THE AUTHOR Name: Born: Nationality: Language: Occupation: Twitter: Paulo Coelho Aug. 27, 1947 Brazilian Portugues Novelist @paulocoelho
  7. 7. THE BOOK Title: Type: Genre: Year: Place: Author: Publisher: The Alchemist Novel Fiction 1988 Brazil Paulo Coelho HarperOne
  8. 8. THE BOOK Narrator: POV: Tone: Tense: Themes: Motifs: Omniscient 3rd Person Myth/Fable Past Tense Centrality of Personal Legends; Unity of Nature; Danger of Fear Dreams; Maktub; Omens
  9. 9. THE BOOK Setting (time): Geographic Setting: Pre-modern time / Past Spanish pastures, Spanish town of Tarifa, the city of Tangier in North Africa, and the Sahara desert.
  10. 10. Characters
  11. 11. CHARACTERS Santiago The Book’s central character: An adventurous shepherd who have unwavering resolve to accomplish his personal legend of finding a treasure.
  12. 12. CHARACTERS The Alchemist 200-year-old, extremely potent alchemist inhabiting in the Al-Fayoum Oasis.
  13. 13. CHARACTERS Crystal Merchant A struggling merchant who owns a crystal shop on top of a desolate hill. He is a good-hearted, devout Muslim, but has a crippling fear of change.
  14. 14. CHARACTERS Englishman A well-educated science scholar gritty to learn the clandestine of alchemy by learning from a factual alchemist. He is a cynic and adore reading his tomes.
  15. 15. CHARACTERS Melchizedek The King of Salem. He appears to possess magical powers and helps those pursuing their Personal Legends.
  16. 16. CHARACTERS Fatima A gorgeous and innocent juvenile "desert woman" who lives at the Al- Fayoum Oasis.
  17. 17. CHARACTERS Gypsy An old women living in Tarifa who interprets dreams. Camel Driver A friendly former orchard owner and devout Muslim The Tribal Chieftain of Al-Fayoum A strict and ruthless tribal chieftain who lives in luxury.
  18. 18. CHARACTERS Merchant’s daughter The beautiful and intelligent raven-haired daughter of the merchant . Merchant A merchant who buys wool from Santiago on a yearly basis. Caravan Leader The bold leader of a caravan traveling across the Sahara Desert from Tangier to Egypt.
  19. 19. Summary
  20. 20. SUMMARY Santiago is a shepherd who journey everywhere with his sheep. One day he had a dream about treasures in the pyramids in the desert. So he sell his sheep and journey to the desert.
  21. 21. SUMMARY Upon his journey, he was robbed so he work under a crystal merchant. After saving an amount of money, he join a caravan which will travel across the Sahara desert.
  22. 22. SUMMARY In the journey, he met an Englishman who wants to be an alchemist. The caravan stops on an Oasis because there is tribal war further beyond the desert. There, he met Fatima, the girl he loved.
  23. 23. SUMMARY In the oasis, he also met the 200- years-old alchemist. Then when they taught that it is safe to travel, they go along their journey to the pyramids. But they were captured by the tribesmen.
  24. 24. SUMMARY To be fled by the enemy, Santiago proved that he was powerful by morphing into wind. After their escape, they go separate ways. Santiago go on to the pyramids.
  25. 25. SUMMARY In the pyramids, Santiago found nothing. He met someone who dreamed about a treasure in a ruined church. Then Santiago realized that his treasure is in Spain. So he went back and found his treasure.
  26. 26. Archetypal Symbols
  27. 27. Santiago’s sheep symbolize the sort of existence lived by those who are completely blind to their Personal Legends. Alchemy, in which a base metal is transformed into a more valuable metal like gold, functions as the dominant symbol in The Alchemist and represents Santiago’s journey to achieve his Personal Legend. The desert, with its harsh conditions and tribal wars, symbolizes the serious difficulties that await anyone in pursuit of their Personal Legend, but it also serves as an important teacher to Santiago during his journey to the pyramids.
  28. 28. Crystal Glassware: Fragility and clarity are the characteristics represented by the crystal merchant's crystal glassware. Urim and Thummim: These stones stand for the characters' needs to respond to omens, which are essential motivating factors. Sycamore Tree: This tree represents Egypt, the place where sycamores come from.
  29. 29. Oasis: The oasis symbolizes life, love, and domesticity. The pyramids represent the ancient and inscrutable. Thieves represent everyone who tries to find a shortcut to his or her Personal Legend; the journey is necessary, according to The Alchemist. Water: Life is synonymous with water in the novel, and perhaps for love too.
  30. 30. End. Thank You! S O U R C E S : • C o e l h o , P . ( 1 9 9 8 ) . T h e a l c h e m i s t . S a n F r a n c i s c o : H a r p e r S a n F r a n c i s c o . • S p a r k N o t e s E d i t o r s . ( 2 0 1 0 ) . S p a r k N o t e o n T h e A l c h e m i s t . R e t r i e v e d D e c e m b e r 1 2 , 2 0 1 4 , f r o m h t t p : / / w w w . s p a r k n o t e s . c o m / l i t / t h e - a l c h e m i s t / • P a u l o C o e l h o . ( 2 0 1 5 ) . T h e B i o g r a p h y . c o m w e b s i t e . R e t r i e v e d 1 0 : 4 5 , J a n 0 4 , 2 0 1 5 , f r o m h t t p : / / w w w . b i o g r a p h y . c o m / p e o p l e / p a u l o - c o e l h o - 5 5 2 4 • S e x t o n , A d a m . C l i f f s N o t e s o n T h e A l c h e m i s t . 0 4 J a n 2 0 1 5

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A Brief discussion about a book by Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist. Read along some information about the author, the book, the summary and some archetypal symbols. Viewing this presentation is a good start but nothing beats the reading of the book itself.


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