"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelhos book “The Alchemist” is a story about a boy, Santiago. Santiago is a shepherd and he lives in Andalusia with his sheep. In the book Santiago dreams about the treasure, which is in Afrika. He has seen the same dream a few times and he wants to start finding the treasure. He goes to Afrika after speaking with the king about his little trip. The king says that Santiago should go and find the treasure. When Santiago gets there, to Afrika, he gets robbed and there is no treasure. Where is it then or does it even exist?

Santiago is the main character of the book. He is quite pensive and he thinks a lot of things. Santiago is independent for his age and very brave, because he ventured to go to Afrika alone find some treasure, which may not even be there. Santiagos parents wanted that Santiago would have been a priest, but himself he wanted to be a shepherd and then he came one. One reason to that Santiago went to Afrika could have been that he likes to travel, because he says one time in the book that he like to travel.

The main character, Santiago, did the right choice, when he decide to find the treasure, which he dreamed of.  Santiago behave friendly and quite normal with other characters, but mostly he do everything alone by him self in the book.


Character Analysis

The Alchemist is a great story about believing in something so much you would do almost everything to reach your goal. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd who keeps having a dream about a child pointing at the Pyramids and showing the treasure there. The flock is all the boy has but after meeting with the old gypsy lady and the old King with his wise words, the boy decides to go and find his treasure.  Along the way, he meets an Englishman who´s seeking for an Alchemist but surprisingly the great alchemist meets the shepherd and helps him find the treasure. And The end is all about believing in yourself.  

Santiago, the protagonist seems to be very independent for his age. His parents would have wanted him to be a priest, but the boy prefferred to be a shepherd. His choice had to have something to do with the fact that he was eager to discover new places. And whatismore, the shepherd is committed to taking care of his flock  which means the job really works for him.

The boy is also extremely brave and ambitious. When the boy got robbed he was sad and dissapointed for a moment only and then worked in a glass store until he earned the money to return home. After earning enough money he remembers the wise words of an old king and listens to his heart and the boy decides to go on looking for the treasure. This shows that the boy is able to do what it takes and what his heart tells to do.

There´s also a lot of talking about reading the omens and about the language of the world. While learning to read the omens, the protagonist really seems to find something new and different about himself and he definately gets more thoughtful than before.

Book Review

Great :):)It was surprisingly easy to read and never got the reader bored. Sometimes there were too much monologs for example about the omens.

Challenging Words

 an omen= enne

a merchant= kauppias

a jug= kannu

to heed= pitää silmällä

perceived= havaittu

to plunge = pudota

capricious= oikukas

a hookah= vesipiippu

a treason= maanpetos


Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist


Mindmap of  Santiago