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“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation,” states Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist. This book really makes me think about people who never give up on their dream. Santiago is the protagonist in this book. Santiago is a shepherd who did not want to be a priest. A gypsy tells him his fortune and he decides to follow his destiny. He meets many people and learns many lessons. Santiago follows his dream and fulfills it.

Coelho has one of his characters, the alchemist; quote the New Testament, “My Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word and my servant will be healed.” The alchemist is the last major character introduced in the book, and he tells Santiago the story of a man who had two sons: a poet and a Roman centurion. The New Testament quote is from the centurion. It is amazing how Coelho weaves his story to include this story from the New Testament.

React to Coelho’s philosophy. Is it important to follow our dreams and listen to our hearts?
Article posted September 7, 2008 at 04:10 PM • comment • Reads 218 • Return to Blog List
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