Santiago represents each and every one of us. We walk along with him
on his journey to fulfillment of his Personal Legend and triumph with
him when he achieves his goal. He is a good individual who like all humans
makes mistakes, but he......
Although she appears in the story for a relatively short time, she is
very important in helping Santiago begin his journey to the pyramids.
When he comes to her shop for an interpretation of his dream, he finds
a woman who is mysterious, but also.......
His name is Melchizedek and he is a Biblical character even as he is
a character in this novel. In the Bible, he was said to have been sent
by God to give Abraham bread and wine after Abraham's victory over the
four kings who had besieged Sodom and Gomorrah and taken his nephew prisoner.
He also is sometimes believed to be the beginning of the family line that
led to Jesus, as........
This man owns a shop in Tangier where Santiago is forced to work to
earn enough money to return to Spain. At this point, Santiago has decided
he's foolish to pursue the treasure and wants only to go home. It takes
him a year to.......
This character wants more than anything to achieve knowledge of the
Master Work of alchemy and is traveling to the oasis to find the alchemist.
He has spent ten years of his life studying alchemy, but has been unable
to create the Elixir of Life or........
He is the most important of all the people who provide support to Santiago
on his journey. With just the right amount of direction and willingness
to allow Santiago to find his Personal Legend on his own, the alchemist
becomes an even greater servant of God than the Old King. He goes with
Santiago on his journey across the desert to the pyramids and teaches......
She is the young women with whom Santiago falls in love. She is a desert
woman and as such, she is taught how she must wait for the man she loves
to return to her on the oasis. If he doesn't return, she is taught to
Although a simplistic character from a working class background, this
man opens up to Santiago about how he had lost his orchards to the flooding
of the Nile. From that, he had learned about picking yourself up and beginning
your life again even if it........
This man has a very small part in the story. His tribe captures the
alchemist and Santiago and........
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