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The Alchemist by Paul Coelho - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com 1 Reprinted with permission of TheBestNotes.com Copyright©2006. All Rights Reserved. No Distribution without written consent. PinkMonkey® Literature Notes on . . . The Alchemist A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paul Coelho 1988 MonkeyNotes Study Guide by Diane Clapsaddle Reprinted with permission from TheBestNotes.com Copyright © 2006, All Rights Reserved Distribution without the written consent of PinkMonkey.com or TheBestNotes.com is strictly prohibited.
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The Alchemist by Paul Coelho - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com 2 Reprinted with permission of TheBestNotes.com Copyright©2006. All Rights Reserved. No Distribution without written consent. KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS SETTING The setting begins in the Andalusian region of Spain and moves to Tangier, the Al-Fayoum oasis, and eventually the pyramids in Egypt. The story ends where it began in Spain. The time is the present day. LIST OF CHARACTERS MAJOR CHARACTERS Santiago - He is a shepherd boy, who because of a recurring dream, decides to find his treasure at the pyramids in Egypt. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy woman, an Old King, a crystal merchant, an Englishman, and an alchemist, all of whom teach him something about fulfilling his Personal Legend and striving to find his treasure. He is a very wise young man and yet one who has much to learn. Because he holds fast to his dream, he becomes a better man. The Gypsy Woman - She is the first one Santiago consults about his dream. She is mysterious and yet religious as can be attested by the Sacred Heart of Jesus picture on her wall. She tells Santiago that because it was a child who took his hands in the dream and led him to the pyramids, he must go. However, before she tells him anything, she makes him promise that he will give her one-tenth if he finds his treasure. He eventually brings her the price, because he is honorable and he has promised. The Old King - He is the second to help Santiago and gives him the stones named Urim and Thummim. He also advises Santiago to never stop dreaming and follow the omens. His name is Melchizedek and he is a Biblical figure who had once helped Abraham on behalf of God. He is sometimes believed to be Jesus Christ. The Crystal Merchant - He is a man for whom Santiago begins to work and who profits from the boy’s aptitude in improving sales. He teaches Santiago how important it is to follow through and not give up on his dream. His dream had been to travel to Mecca on a pilgrimage, but because he never does, he’s afraid that the reality will destroy the dream and so he never goes. His sense of regret encourages Santiago to take what he has earned there and buy a ticket to Tangier. The Englishman - He is a young man who has spent ten years of his life reading about alchemy with the hope of discovering the Master Work. He goes with Santiago on the caravan to the oasis so he can find the oldest alchemist of them all and learn his secrets. He teaches Santiago that not all information can be found in books and that one should observe what goes on around him as well. The Englishman eventually discovers that for
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course MGMT 3030 taught by Professor Heinzeroth, during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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