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9.Once Santiago believes he understands his heart, what agreements does he ask of it,and what does he promise it in return?10. According to The Alchemist, every search starts with Beginner’s Luck. How does every Search end? How is this belief consistent with the Phases and Steps of the Hero’s Journey model? What does this foreshadow for Santiago?11. When they are just two day from the pyramids, Santiago asks The Alchemist to
teach him about alchemy. The Alchemist says that Santiago already knows about it. Alchemy is about searching for and finding the treasure that is uniquely his. Santiago is frustrated, because what he meant by the question was that he wanted to know the secret of successfully turning metal into gold. How does the process of alchemy compare to finding a Personal Legend?The process of alchemy and finding a Personal Legend are similar. For wise men, gold is the furthest evolved, a symbol of evolution.The finding of a Personal Legend is the turning of the self, (the metal), into an immortal force, (the gold). 12. Though The Alchemist obviously understands the Language of the World and has special tools and powers at his disposal, he does not actually offer to help Santiago out of a challenging and dangerous situation. On the contrary, he places Santiago in the center of an apparently dangerous situation when he tells the chief and his men that Santiago is an alchemist who can turn himself into the wind. If he is supposed to be a mentor to Santiago, why does he do this?13. When Santiago and The Alchemist are captured by one of the warring tribes, Santiago must turn himself into the wind to save his life. He asks the desert, the wind, and the sun to help him. As he talks to the sun on page 150-151, Santiago explains why alchemy exists and what alchemists do. What does Santiago say to the sun about these things?Santiago tells the sun why alchemy exist, “So that everyone will search for treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life. Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for lead; and then lead will have to turn itself into gold.” This is what alchemists do, “they show that when westrive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”