Many people have their own dream and few people can make their dream come
true. The Alchemist is a story about a boy pursued his dream. The writer of this book
is Paulo Coelho who was born in Brazil, in 1947. Paulo’s life was filled with his
personal legend and stories, so this book has also showed his experience and emotion.
The Alchemist tells the story about of the boy who dreamed his treasure decided to
find it, and after he traveled a long time and overcame many obstacles, he arrived the
destination; moreover, he finally realized his treasure was in the first place, but he also
learned more valuable experience in this journey. The Alchemist is a magical, touched
and deeply humane story. This is an engaging and inspiring story because of the
special integration of the plot, character development and Coelho’s personal
philosophy conveyed through his understanding of Alchemy, q philosophy science of
the Middle Ages.
First, the plot of the story is a boy whose name was Santiago dreamed his
treasure in one day and after he talked with Gypsy and old king, he decided to create
his personal legend. He started his trip but due to the fact that he lost his money, so he
worked in Moroco for more than eleven months. Then, he began his trip again with a
caravan and crossed the Sahara Desert. During this trip, he met Englishman and knew
some knowledge about alchemy. After the caravan arrived the oasis, he fell in love
with Fatima. At the same time, he saw the omen about the war and saved the tribe
from invasion. Moreover, he met Alchemist and crossed the desert with him. They
captured by warlords and the boy showed his “magic” to pass the crisis. The boy
arrived the pyramids and dug a while for his treasure, but he met some people who
robbed and beaten him. A robber told him that he has a dream that there was treasure
under the tree. In the end, the boy backed to the first place and found his treasure and
thanks to god to let him through every thing and met so many people during this trip.
The protagonist of the story is the boy. The boy was a shepherd before, but he
decided to give it up and pursue his treasure. Therefore, we can see that the boy
extremely has the courage and firm determination. Moreover, he met a lot of problems
and crisis during his trip, but he never has the thought of giving up. On the contrary,
he thanked to everyone and everything he confronted for he learned to grow up and
knowledge from them. Accordingly, the beautiful characters of the boy are his
strongly perseverance, modest attitude of learning and his grateful heart. All of these
characters are the reasons for why the boy could find his treasure in the end. There are
also many supporting roles inside the story. Although we can’t clearly understand
their characters, we still can find that all of their appearance is to help and guide the
boy to the right way.
The main philosophy about this book I think is that we should realize one’s
destiny is a person’s only obligation. Everyone comes to this world have their
different duties, for example: student’s duty is study hard, worker’s duty is finishing
their works, and soldier’s duty is protect their country. The protagonist inside the book
realized his destiny is to pursue the treasure and make his dream come true. Therefore,
we should learn a lesson from the boy about his courage and determinate. Also, the
boy’s persistence and modest learning attitude have left a deeply impression to people.
I think there is also an important philosophy inside is that we should always keep
continually until the end whenever we do everything. This is because most of us
always give up or run away when we meet the problems instead of solving it.
Furthermore, most of us are arrogant or self-satisfied in our situation in most of time.
There is always said: Pride goes before a fall. Consequently, the author utilized the
boy to wish us always keep hard-working and keep a humble attitude in our life.
Paulo Coelho who is the author of this book is good at using a practical and
simple technique to show his story. Moreover, we can find that Paulo’s life is just like
what we wrote inside The Alchemist. Paulo was born in an austere surrounding and
his parents always suppressed him. However, Paulo still did what he want, for
instance: joined the political activity. After he met so many difficult, he decided to be
a “normal”. He tried his hand at writing without very seriously until he met a stranger
who encouraged and advised him. Finally, Paulo wrote many books and all of the
books not only are still published now but also always appeared on bestseller lists.
From his story, we can find that it is similar as the boy’s experience. Both of them had
their dream and they also had pursued it. Moreover, the boy and Paulo had met a king
or stranger to instruct them. In addition, they had overcome many difficult before they
reached their goal. Finally, both of them were success in the end. Therefore, in my
opinion, the boy inside the book represents Paulo’s past. He described his personal
legend through the boy to speak out his experience. Moreover, Paulo always used “the
boy” instead the boy’s name, Santiago, for he hoped everyone can imagine that all of
us are the boy who was filled with courage and patience, so we will success in the
In conclusion, after I finished reading The Alchemist, I feel that I am inspired by
the author. The words inside the book seems like encouraged me to pursue my dream
quickly. I deeply believe this is the reason why The Alchemist is so popular for a long
time until now. The author, Paulo, has also achieves his goal- move and drive the