The wise man in the story teaches the boy by letting him experience situations for himself and by setting him with a challenge. So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. Before he goes though, he tells Santiago not to be so stupid, that he himself had dreamed of a treasure right on that spot. This idea, that vanity can serve a good cause despite its perils, will become an important theme of the book. During his quest, he awakes various senses he never had before, such as profound wisdom, communicating with nature, a spiritual connection with God, and the art of Alchemy. As he moves, something bright is revealed underneath his cloak.
The owner of the bar comes over and gets mad, speaking Arabic, so the boys leave. Santiago is grateful for his jacket, which keeps him warm, although at the height of day the heat is intense and he is sorry that he has to carry his jacket. Unfortunately, at that moment, the shopkeeper appeared, bought four sheep worth of wool and told the boy to come back in a year. He wanted to understand this dream, so he consulted a gypsy woman in the hopes that she may be able to interpret his dream. Upon leaving the Gypsy's house, Santiago sits in the Plaza to read a book, where he meets an old man who is eager to strike up a conversation. For Santiago, Melchizedek himself is there as a supernatural guide to help reveal his Personal Legend.
Santiago began his journey and went to Africa. Santiago, the main character in the book, and is characterized as an out going Shepard in a city near an ancient castle in Andalusia. He watches them in a trance, and suddenly one of them attacks the other. Later this will develop into the idea of the Soul of the World, a connection between all people and things, and a kind of universal language that everything can understand. In the first section, we meet Santiago, a shepherd.
This is another ancient archetype that Coelho uses—that of the god or wizard, etc. He often reflects about what he has learned from his sheep and what they have learned from him. He asks who dares to interpret the flight of the hawks, and Santiago answers that it's him. He goes up to the bakery and buys a loaf of bread, and while he does so he considers telling the baker what the old man said about him. The book is a source of knowledge and freedom, allowing Santiago a different, broader outlook on the world. Lesson Summary In the prologue of The Alchemist, the alchemist reads a new ending to the classic Narcissus story where it said that the lake missed Narcissus, as it saw it's own beauty reflected in his eyes.
Santiago decides to keep walking. He hands the total sum of his money over to this young man and believes that he will help him get to the pyramids. Thus Santiago is already more fulfilled than many other people are, even though he has not yet achieved his own Personal Legend. The next day, Santiago met up with the old man and gives him one-tenth of his sheep. Santiago notices the old man's clothing. Santiago must desire more from his life if he is going to actually make a change and pursue his Personal Legend. This small epiphany makes him realize the potential of his situation rather than the negative aspects of it.
The old man then says he know about the treasure and also about Santiago. Believing in dreams requires thinking that they might come true. Santiago told her that he learned in school, and she wondered why he is a shepherd if he knows how to read. But then, he reconsiders and realizes that it may be the other way around. He has been herding this flock for two years.
The young man points out that to cross the Sahara desert, one needs money, and he needs to know beforehand if Santiago has enough money. When the merchant finally appears, he asks Santiago for the wool of four sheep and tells him to return the next year. Something that every human portrays, and comes up in the novel quite often. As Santiago was working, two customers went in the shop, and the crystal merchant offers him a job, taking the customers as a good omen. Narcissus was the son of the river god in Greek mythology. .
But right now all of his thoughts are about 'the girl' and so he speaks to his sheep about her. The next day, Santiago's father gives his son three Spanish gold coins. He wishes that the boy would remember him and speak of him as Melchizedek, the king of Salem. Santiago decides to wait until the sun sinks lower before taking his flock back to the fields. Surprised at his feelings of mild resentment toward the animals, Santiago decides his recurring dream has made him uneasy. In other words, it is important to risk everything and trust that it will turn out alright.
Santiago avoids the question, preferring instead to talk about his travels. They beat him up and he explains, finally, that he's digging for treasure. Because he does not know where Salem is, but also does not want to appear ignorant, Santiago asks the old man what Salem is like. He thinks that there must be a language that does not depend on words, the same language he used to communicate with his sheep. He now seems to have decided that he was too reckless in choosing to seek his treasure, and he only wants to go home and be a shepherd again.