The Alchemist | Study Guide

Paulo Coelho

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Explain the universal appeal of The Alchemist and why it is read worldwide.

Translated into numerous languages, The Alchemist appeals to people worldwide because of the universal lessons about life and happiness that run through the story. The idea that each life is a work in progress and that each person has a purpose is an uplifting message that many embrace. Readers, for instance, relate to Santiago's search for a meaningful, enlightened life and his experiences in overcoming obstacles and taking risks along the way. Likewise, the allegorical nature of the story gives it a broad appeal. Though set in parts of Spain and Africa, the novel is less about a particular place and time than it is about a spiritual journey to truth and enlightenment.

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