Dialectal Journal - \u201cHe swept the floor with his jacket and lay down using the book he had just finished reading as a pillow.\u201d This quote shows how

Dialectal Journal - u201cHe swept the floor with his...

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“He swept the floor with his jacket and lay down, using the book he had just finished reading as a pillow.” This quote shows how Santiago is poor and less fortunate than others. This may be used as evidence towards a theme later on in the story. Pg. 5“He recognized that he was feeling something he had never experienced before: the desire to live in one place forever. With the girl with raven hair, his days would never be the same.”This story seems a little bit like a “teen love at first sight” stereotype. Either this past meeting between them won’t have much meaning in the story, or it is the whole point of the journey that Santiago is going to make. Pg. 8“His purpose in life was to travel, and, aftertwo years of walking the Andalusian terrain, he knew all the cities of the region.”This tells me that Santiago is a pretty experienced shepherd thatprobably has a good sized flock and a lot of customers. Also, since he loves to travel, the story may include him going somewhere besides home. Pg. 10“One afternoon, on a visit to his family, he had summoned the courage to tell his fatherhe didn’t want to become a priest. That he wanted to travel.”This shows how Santiago is willing to deviate from the common status quo and will do what it takes to make himself happy. Pg. 11“I didn’t come here to have you read my palm,'' he said, already regretting having come.”This teaches him caution, and that he should be careful who he makes deals with, especially if they involve money or treasure. Pg. 15“Dreams are the language of the gods.”This shows how religious this book is. It suggests that Santiago will be led through his journey by a higher power, and fate will decide many things. Pg. 15“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how others should lead their lives, but none
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