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The Alchemist: Santiago's Journey

The Alchemist: Santiago's Journey

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A description of the seventeen stages of the monomyth (hero's journey) with examples from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
A description of the seventeen stages of the monomyth (hero's journey) with examples from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

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 Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer, and lecturer, isknown for the term monomyth (hero’s journey). It is a basic patternfound in several narratives. In this document, I will be describing thestages, providing examples from
The Alchemist 
by Paulo Coelho.Answers may vary, depending on your perspective. There are a total of seventeen stages, broken into three differentsections: Departure (or separation), Initiation, and Return. “Departure”deals with the hero’s adventure prior to the quest. “Initiation” dealswith the hero’s adventures along the way. “Return” deals with the herogoing home with acquired knowledge and powers. Not all storiescontain all stages, while others may have them in a different order.
 
#1: The Call to Adventure
 The hero receives a call to leave his or her normal life and face adventure.From The Alchemist: Santiago has a recurring dream about treasure in the Egyptianpyramids.
#2: Refusal of the Call
Often the hero will initially reject the call to adventure due to the changes it wouldcause in his or her life.From The Alchemist: Santiago has grown accustomed to being a shepherd and if heleaves, the sheep might suffer without him.
#3: Supernatural Aid
A mentor will present the hero with one or more talismans or artifacts that will aidthem later in their quest.From The Alchemist: Melchizedek, the king of Salem, gives Santiago one white stone(Urim) and one black stone (Thummim) that help read omens. Also, the gypsy thatinterprets his dream can be considered supernatural aid.
#4: The Crossing of the First Threshold
 
 The hero leaves the familiar behind and enters the unknown.From The Alchemist: Santiago sells his flock of sheep and takes a boat to Tangier inAfrica, leaving his shepherd life behind.
#5: Belly of the Whale
 The hero willingly crosses the point of no return.From The Alchemist: Santiago is too quick to trust and gets robbed of most of hispossessions. He can’t buy a ticket back home and decides to not think of himself as apoor victim.
 
#6: The Road of Trials
 The road of trials is a series of tests, tasks, or ordeals that the person mustundergo to begin the transformation.From The Alchemist: He works for a crystal merchant in order to earn back somemoney. Then he joins a caravan and has to adapt to desert life. He journeys to anoasis while facing obstacles, getting one step closer to fulfilling his personal legend.
#7: The Meeting with the Goddess
 The hero finds his or her true love or companion.From The Alchemist: Santiago experiences love at first sight when he sees
Fatima
by a well.
#8: Temptation
 The hero is tempted to stray from his or her quest by some offer of personal gain.From The Alchemist: Santiago wants to stay with Fatima and believes she’s moreimportant than his treasure.
#9: Atonement with the Father
 The hero succeeds his or her master/father figure.From The Alchemist: Santiago meets the alchemist. An answer that works is thatSantiago is able to transform himself into the wind.
#10: Apotheosis
 This stage is marked by the death or transition to a different plane of a majorcharacter.From The Alchemist: The previous can work for this stage also or you can write thathe breaks off from the caravan and the alchemist to travel across dunes towards thepyramids.
#11: The Ultimate Boon
 The hero reaches the final goal, gaining the final reward.

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