The Alchemist | Study Guide

Paulo Coelho

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The Alchemist | Characters

Character Description Traits
Santiago The protagonist of the story, Santiago is a shepherd boy who sets off on a journey to find his Personal Legend. Read More adventurous, reflective, truth-seeker, risk-taker, dreamer
The Alchemist A ripe 200 years of age, the alchemist knows the secret of alchemy and teaches Santiago life-changing lessons. Read More wise, ancient, worldly, all-knowing, powerful, mystical, kind, honest
The Englishman The Englishman is a highly educated aspiring alchemist in pursuit of knowledge and adventure. Read More highly educated, mentor, philosophical, intellectual, pretentious, charming
Melchizedek The old king of Salem, Melchizedek convinces Santiago to sell his sheep and pursue his Personal Legend. Read More wise, magical, all-knowing
Crystal Merchant The crystal merchant lives in Tangier and hires Santiago to work for him when the boy needs money. Read More fearful, cautious, conservative
Fatima Fatima lives at the oasis of Al-Fayoum and is Santiago's love interest. Read More intelligent, kind, beautiful
Gypsy Woman A fortune-teller and interpreter of dreams in Tarifa, the gypsy woman encourages Santiago to seek the buried treasure of his dreams. Read More bold, intuitive, outspoken
Narcissus A handsome, vain youth who dies for his own beauty handsome, vain
Goddesses of the Forest Deities who mistake the reason for the lake's tears inquisitive
The Lake Body of water into which Narcissus gazes beautiful, vain
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