FC: The Alchemist Victoria Kelly
1: The Call The boy met an old man when visiting the plaza. His name was Melchizedek and he was the King of Salem. The boy had become curious about his reoccurring dream which involved a treasure hidden at the pyramids in Egypt. "Give me one-tenth of your treasure and I'll tell you how to find the hidden treasure."(Paulo Coelho 20). The king had exclaimed. According to Melchizedek the boy "had succeeded in discovering his Personal Legend." (Paulo Coelho 21). Although the boy had no clue what that actually was, he later discovered that a Personal Legend was "what you have always wanted to accomplish, a point in your life where everything is clear and possible. You are not afraid to dream but as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince you that it will be impossible for you to realize your Personal Legend."(Paulo Coelho 21). The boy wanted to know more, so he set out to discover.
2: Refusal of the Call The boy had become prone to his life as a Shepard. He was unsure if he wanted to travel to Egypt and leave his life that felt natural. He attempted to buy his ticket to Africa but as he went to the gate and the man asked if needed help, the boy said "maybe tomorrow" (Paulo Coelho 26). and moved away. The boy figured that being a Shepard benefited his life most considering how much knowledge he obtained in that particular field. The boy climbed a stone wall overlooking Africa and "felt the freedom of the wind." (Paulo Coelho 28). The next day he met the man at noon.
3: Crossing the Threshold The boy crossed the threshold as he "boarded the small ship that plowed its way out of the port."(Paulo Coelho 33). He physically traveled the oceans and mentally dealt with the waves crashing in his mind. He had decided to seek out his Personal Legend. There were many hardships the boy would have to endure on his trip but that didn't stop him. The gods should not have desires because they don't have Personal Legends but the king of Salem hoped desperately that the boy would be successful
4: Supernatural Aid The King of Salem was the supernatural Aid in the story. The boy would soon learn what great impact the man had upon him. The boy had no idea that he had already begun to seek out his Personal Legend and Melchizedek allowed a clearer picture for the boys eyes. He taught the boy the meaning of one's Personal Legend and convinced him that "when he wants something, all the Universe conspires in helping him to achieve it." Melchizedek appeared when the boy was about to give everything up. (Paulo Coelho 22).
5: The Road of Trials | The boy endured many hardships while traveling to Egypt. The first event that really stuck out to me was when he reached Africa and met a boy that said he would offer to serve as a guide but only if the boy paid him. He gave the boy all the money he had and they set off. They reached a large plaza and began to look around. Once the boy has his back turned from his 'guide', he ran off with the money and "nowhere could he find his companion ." (Paulo Coelho 38).The boy lost everything he had, which was scarcely anything to begin with. After the boy had lost everything, he decided a job would best suite him. He found a crystal merchant and felt interested but received discouraging news. "Even if you cleaned my crystal for an entire year... even if you earned a good commission selling every piece, you would still have to borrow money to get to Egypt."(Paulo Coelho 47).He was told. The boy felt helpless and alone. These two events at the beginning are most important in my eyes because this proves how deep of a hole he was already in to begin with. It shows his endurance and perseverance because most people would've given up. The boy never did.
6: The Goddess It was obvious that Fatima was the Goddess. While staying in the oasis, the boy instantly fell in love when he looked into her eyes. It was an extremely depressing event when the boy had to leave her side but she was a desert woman and understood what must be done. "I love you because the entire universe conspired in helping me find you" (Paulo Coelho 122). the boy stated. They embraced and he exclaimed he would return to find her one day. "From that day on, the desert would represent only one thing to her.. "the hope for his return." (Paulo Coelho 123).
7: Apotheosis The boy reached his apotheosis when he transformed into the wind. In the beginning when the alchemist informed the boy that if he couldn't perform this task, he would lose his life, he felt hopeless. As he stood high on the mountain he realized that he was capable of anything if he had already traveled this far. "I want to be like you, able to reach every corner of the world, cross the seas, blow away the sands that cover my treasure, and carry the voice of the woman I love." (Paulo Coelho 146). Before his trip, the boy had no idea what love was but he learned it was the language of the desert and the wind. He also learned that the Soul of the World was made up of love. As he stood speaking to the wind he said " When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand whats happening , because everything happens within you, and even men can turn themselves into wind." (Paulo Coelho 147).
8: Refusal of Return During the midst of his journey, the boy had started to become accustomed to his life searching for his treasure. He cared for the oasis and the people loving on it, especially Fatima. This was the girl he had fallen in love with. He questioned the alchemist rather or not he should stay. "By the fourth year of staying, you'll spend the rest of your days knowing that you didn't pursue your Personal Legend, and it will become too late." Paulo Coelho 120). The alchemist said. The visioned his Personal Legend and repeated that he was going with him.
9: Master of Two Worlds Although the boy did not physically return to his original life, he reached a realization that being a Shepard was his Personal Legend. He sought out to travel expecting to find a treasure of gold at the Pyramids but instead found a treasure way more valuable. While digging, several refugees from the tribal wars approached him, demanding orders. The boy explained that he was looking for a treasure and he explained to them his reoccurring dream. The leader of the group " dreamed that he should travel to the fields of Spain and look for a ruined church where Shepard's and their sheep slept." He had a dream "there was a sycamore growing out of the ruins of the sacristy." He was told that if "he dug at the roots of the sycamore, he would find a hidden treasure. He explained that "he wasn't so stupid as to cross an entire desert just because of a recurrent dream." (Paulo Coelho 163). The boy had mastered two worlds, one of becoming a traveler but most important; his destiny was staying a Shepard.
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