the alchemist google art project

by: Alexandria Rocha

"They trust me, and they've forgotten how to rely on their own instincts, because I lead them to nourishment." In this passage it shows that the sheep trust Santiago with their lives, for he gives them food and water. The relationship between Santiago and his sheep was one of the most important relationships because Santiago learnt so much from caring for his sheep. Santiago learnt about moral respect and the basic needs for his animals. Having an experience with his sheep gave him some knowledge of how to live his life in a new way.
"...the liquid part of the Master Work was called the Elixir of Life, and that it cured all illnesses; it also kept the alchemist from growing old. And the solid part was called the Philosopher's Stone." This passage relates to the book and The Alchemist himself. The Alchemist's Personal Legend is to carry the Philosopher's Stone and The Elixir of Life. The Alchemist has spent most of his life learning the work of alchemists and searching for The Master Work, The Elixir of Life and The Philosophers Stone. Not everyone has the same Personal Legend and not everyone looks for the same thing in life, but The Alchemist knew what he wanted, and so he was able to help others, including Santiago.
"The boy went back to contemplating the silence of the desert, and the sand raised by the animals. "Everyone has his or her own way of learning things," he said to himself." This passage relates to the image because Santiago learns from staring out into the space in front of him, and watching in complete silence. Santiago understands that not everyone learns the same way, but he learnt most on that caravan by staring out into the desert in silence and listening to the wind.
This is a picture of sycamore trees. I believe that the sycamore tree in the abandoned church is one of the most important symbols in the book. The book starts with Santiago having a dream about his treasure in the Great Pyramids, and chose along the way to search for that treasure, when it was under the sycamore tree to begin with. Santiago had a dream about this giant treasure, and knew he had to go on this huge journey to get it, while it was literally right under his nose the entire time. Santiago had to go on a huge adventure, have his money stolen twice, and spend just under a year working for a crystal merchant, just to return all the way back to where he started.
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