8.How do Santiago’s thoughts and perceptions about himself and the world begin to change on pp. 42-44? 9.What difficult choice does Santiago make when he meets the crystal merchant?
1.What lessons does Santiago learn by working at the crystal shop? Howdoes the crystal merchant’s explanation for not taking the pilgrimage to Mecca (p.55) highlight the difference between Santiago and the merchant? What effect does the merchant say Santiago has had on him?2.Specific words can carry a deep meaning. The crystal merchant introduced Santiago to the Arabic word maktub (it is written). This is mentioned at several important moments in the story. Why do you think he speaks this word when he and Santiago part ways? (61)3.Santiago is an educated young man who wants to learn the Language of the World. He has come to realize in the first part of the novel that there is a language that goes beyond speaking and writing. The language without words is the same language he uses with his sheep. What are some of the literal and figurative languages that Santiago realizes he has learned by the time he completes his first year of work for the crystal merchant? 4.The Englishman and his goals are described on pp.65-70. What is he looking for? What does he demonstrate to Santiago that he already knows?
1.A foil character is one who contrasts the main character. Why can we describe the Englishman as a foil character? 2.Why does the Englishman refer to as the “principle of the Soul of the World? How does this connect to the caravan and the desert?3.What information do Santiago and the Englishman exchange? What dothey learn? 4.How does Santiago feel when he meets Fatima? How does Santiago believe his reunion with Fatima represents the Language of the World?