What is Santiago’s recurring dream in the Alchemist?
A recurring dream troubles Santiago, a young and adventurous Andalusian shepherd. He has the dream every time he sleeps under a sycamore tree that grows out of the ruins of a church. During the dream, a child tells him to seek treasure at the foot of the Egyptian pyramids.
What was Santiago’s goal?
In The Alchemist, Santiago’s goal is very clear: to travel to the Egyptian Pyramids where he believes he will find his treasure. To get to the Pyramids, Santiago develops a plan that will see him sell his sheep, set sail for Africa (Morocco) and take a caravan across the Sahara Desert to – voila! – Egypt.
Is Santiago’s dream an omen?
Later in the novel, the man who beats Santiago does not believe his own dream, but when he describes his dream to Santiago, Santiago recognizes it as an omen telling him where to find the treasure.
What is strange about Santiago’s dream?
What is strange about Santiago’s dream? He had the same dream repeatedly of a young child bringing he to Egypt to show him treasure, but he wakes up before the dream ends.
What is the world’s greatest lie in the Alchemist?
It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.
What was Santiago’s personal legend?
During the old king’s explanation of what a personal legend is, he insists that Santiago not believe in “The World’s Greatest Lie.” The old king says this: “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”
What are Santiago’s weaknesses?
In Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, there seem to be very few things that hold the character back from achieving his goals. In terms of personal “flaws,” he trusts too easily and he experiences self-doubt after he is robbed. When Santiago decides to sell his sheep, he is too quick to trust someone that he does not know.
What did Santiago’s parents want him to become?
Santiago’s parents want him to become a priest, so he attends the seminary until he is sixteen years old. While in the seminary, Santiago learns to read. While it is a great honor and accomplishment for a boy from a poor family to become a priest, Santiago soon realizes he is unhappy at the seminary.
What is Santiago’s first good omen?
Melchizedek explains the butterfly is Santiago’s first omen and opens his cape to reveal a jeweled breastplate. Melchizedek gives Santiago two stones from the breastplate. He says the stones are called Urim and Thummim and they represent “yes” and “no.” They will help Santiago to read omens.
What is the purpose of omens?
An omen (also called portent or presage) is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. It was commonly believed in ancient times, and still believed by some today, that omens bring divine messages from the gods.