The AlchemistAlex Kennedy
The novel The Alchemistby Paulo Coelho first starts out with a youngshepherd named Santiago on a quest to find his personal legend. Throughout his quest, he goes through many events that occur that are notcoincidences. The theme of The Alchemist is that everything happens for areason because of the symbols, irony, and man vs. man conflict that Paulouses on through the novel.In The Alchemist, the author uses methods of symbols to convey thetheme in the novel. One of the symbols he uses is where Santiago beginsand ends his quest. Santiago begins his quest at a church with a large treegrowing out of the center of it and he ends it in the same place he started. This symbolizes Santiago has changed as a person, because he ventures allover his country and other cities to find the he must go back to where he firstbegan. Santiago has changed the way that he thinks and feels about life. Tobe believed a coincidence, but that just happened for a reason. Throughout the novel, Coelho uses irony to convey the theme in thenovel. The name of the novel has irony in it. During Santiago’s quest, hemeets an alchemist in the desert in the middle of know where. Thealchemist and Santiago begin to become close to one another, through oneanother. After spending many days together, Santiago becomes analchemist himself. That is ironic because there is an alchemist in the bookand the reader knows that, that is the alchemist that the author is speakingabout. But it is really Santiago who is the alchemist.Paulo uses man vs. man conflict to convey the theme of the novel also.When Santiago is going through the desert, a fierce tribe kidnaps him. Theywon’t let him free unless he does something for them. Then Santiagodecides to speak the universal language to help take out the other tribe’scamp. He speaks to the sun, wind, and the sand to guide him toaccomplishhis task. When he does, the tribe lets him go in fear of him. There was a reason that he was kidnapped so that he could speak theuniversal language.Paulo Coelho was trying to convey a theme throughout the novel, butdidn’t want to make it obvious by using the symbols, irony, and the conflict. The theme was that everything happens for a reason, and the eventsthroughout the novel weren’t coincidences.