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Key Quotations:

"It was the pure language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe need none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only women in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than anything in the world."

"And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one's dreams would have on meaning."

"He knew that his love for her would enable him to discover every treasure in the world."

"If I am really a part of your dream, you'll come back one day.
Fatima to Santiago.
When you are in love, things make even more sense, he thought."
"The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances."

"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. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity."

"To die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one's departure from this world. Everything depended on one word: 'Maktub.'"

"Everything has been written by the same hand."

"Life attracts life."

"One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving."

Study Questions:

1.When was the story told?
2. How did Santiago lose his money?
3. What lead Santiago to visit Africa?
4. Who helps Santiago after he has been robbed?
5. What is the setting of the book?


Major theme in this book is dream. Santiago has dream about a child showing him where the treasure is in Egypt under the pyramids. Santiago decides to follow his dream by going to Africa.

Another theme is love and personal legend. In the beginning of the novel, Santiago falls in love with the merchant's daughter and waits for a year to see her just once again. To make personal legend come true, he decides to travel all the way to Egypt, even though in history of his village, only one person has ever gone out of the village and died.


One of the motif is/are the omens. Omens play a big role in Santiago's life, one example is when Santiago was cleaning in the crystal merchant's shop, right when he starts cleaning--two customers walk-in.


Sheep are major symbolism in the book. As it is mentioned in the book that sheep do not care where they are but they only care about their food and water, this symbolizes to baker's and crystal merchant's lives. The baker wanted to be a shepherd but he decides to be a baker for social acceptance and for a merchandise desire. Also the crystal merchant wants to travel to Mecca but does not because he thinks he will lose his motivation.

Another symbolism in the book is the Sahara desert. The harsh conditions of the desert reflects directly to the brutal situation there, Santiago then thinks over that if he can overcome this he can do anything.

Plot Overview:

A boy name Santiago is from Spain and has dream about treasure in Egypt every time he sleeps under the sycamore tree. He then decides to go to a dream interpreter and asks her what the dream means, she tells him to follow the dream and she wants 10% of the treasure when he discovers it. He then meets with a King and he gives him 2 stones, one means yes and another means no. Santiago then decides on going to Egypt to find treasure, and in order to do that, he sells his sheep. When he arrives to Africa, he meets a boy who can speak Spanish unlike other people who speak Arabic. The boy stole all his money and ran off, the boy then discovers the crystal merchant and asks him if he can have some food in exchange of cleaning of all his crystals. Right when he starts cleaning, the merchant saw two customers walking in, and gradually his business started to increase. After working there for about a year, he meets with an English man who is going to be traveling to Egypt. On their way, as they are passing the Sahara desert, they come across tribal and rival going on, and they have to put a hold on their traveling. While they are on hold, he meets a girl name Fatima and falls in love with her. Later, he meets an alchemist who is willing to help Santiago travel to Egypt. On their way, they are captured by Arabs and later let free by them. When Santiago is digging for the treasure, two guys decide to beat him up for money but they realize that he had no money so they let them be free. Santiago then tells him about the treasure, and the boy tells him that the treasure is under a sycamore tree in Spain, that is the spot where he had his dreams about the treasure, it is fate. Santiago then returns to Spain with Fatima and finds the treasure.


Merchant's Daughter
Crystal Merchant
The boy
English man
The Alchemist


Starts in Spain, later in Africa then in Egypt and back to Spain for the end.

Authors Biography:

Paulo Coelho is a novelist and a songwriter. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 24, 1947. Until the age of seventeen Coelho attended a strict Jesuit school. Paulo Coelho had decided to become writer early in his life but wasn’t supported by his parents. Coelho then decided to go to Law School and forgot about his dream of becoming a writer. Then Coelho decided to travel to different countries like South America, Mexico, etc. Coelho is the author of the The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, Brida and many more excellent novels. The Alchemist sold 65 million copies and is also translated into 67 different languages, and that has set the record. In total, he has published 29 books. Also, Coelho has sold more than 100 million books in over 150 countries world wide.

Book Reviews:

"Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book."

"One thing, according to me, that the World definitely needs the most now is positivity. I’m glad this book is a bestseller because it instills positivity into its readers. The book says that “to realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation”. It not just ‘says’, it makes you believe! I have never been to a desert, but the narrative is so strong that I actually experienced being in the midst of a vast desert. The author not only gives a factual description of the scene, but describes also the feelings and emotions vividly. I felt the same rush of emotions through me. The narrative is fast paced in the beginning, but slows down towards the middle with sudden twists leading to thrilling portions towards the end. Honestly, I didn’t know how to react at the conclusion of the book. At first it seemed as if the conclusion had disappointed me, but then, after a few moments of thoughts, I realized that the book managed to solve its purpose to make the reader understand that having faith in your destiny can actually lead you to realizing it. Now I think twice before cursing my destiny. There is always a bigger plan that we fail to comprehend" (http://www.book-review-circle.com/The-Alchemist-Paulo-Coelho.html).

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