Santiago also recognizes elements of Melchizedek's personality and philosophy in other characters, such as the shopkeeper and the Alchemist. First, while sleeping nearby a ruined church, the shepherd dreams about a child who tells him to go to Africa to see the fortune. Finally, it said: 'I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. After that, the boy meets Melchizedek who also suggests Santiago to go to Egypt to find that treasure. The book also makes wide use capitalized terminology and magical situations such as visions and communication with the Wind, Desert, etc. Throughout the novel, she allows the arrogant, pompous pressures of high-class society to overrule the unconditional love that she should have for her brother. In Santiago's case, that happens to be treasure.
It completely broke my world and since then on I thought myself as one, tried to be better but used to meet a dead end as they say narcissism could not heal. The alchemist's and Coelho's source was very probably 's The Life of Oscar Wilde 1946 in which this story is recorded Penguin edition, p. It has transformed me from a religious person to a woman of faith. Narcissus is the name of 's goat in their 1940 film. He couldn't touch his reflection, and he seemed unaware that he was even looking at himself, i. Narcissus flowers are also found by lakes and sources of water, supporting the Greek myth.
This person is obviously not awesome, so he must be. He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears. The location of the story allows for a sub-theme of tolerance and understanding. This enhances the story by building on the lesson that Santiago begins to learn in the desert. As he recalls the scene, Santiago senses that his father also would have liked to travel, but could not afford to while raising a family.
May every single day of this new year reflect our joy The alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. The lake says that it did not know Narcissus was beautiful. What is the relationship of the prologue to the rest of the story? I have sacrificed my own needs for the needs of others my entire adult life; I have reprimanded my children for their selfishness, thinking their behavior would lead to all sorts of evil. However, each time he bent down to kiss it, it seemed to disappear. He was referred to as 'The prince who contemplated his soul'. It's your eyes my words want to be read by, your kind of mind they would be understood by, your heart they'd be felt by, and then you'd feel the same way that I do, if only these words could be read or heard by you.
Santiago goes to a gypsy woman, and she confirms that he should set out his journey. The lake did the same. We know what is good, it is written in the Commandments. He accused me of being narcissist and having a dark side. It is not wrong to believe in myself and my self-worth; it is, however, wrong to despise someone for having that confidence or be envious of what another person has, but vanity itself is not wrong. Thus we see here a culture that values tradition highly.
Thus, in a way, she is also fulfilled. As far as he knew, the image was a totally different person named Carl. Analysis The prologue of the Alchemist runs only a little more than one page, but it gives the reader several clues about what to expect in the story. I shall always take pleasure in study, how could it be otherwise? Also, the questions below are not to restrict you in your response, but to help guide your reflections. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus. What I understand about this story is that it teaches that wonderful people are not only wonderful by themselves, they are also wonderful because we feel wonderful with them, even if we don't realize how wonderful they are.
I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected. Morality lessons have preached the evils of vanity, but neglected to address the other issue in this myth: Narcissus is still able to create something beautiful despite his vanity. Narcissus and the pool are not just connected, but parts of a whole. There is no greater gift I can give myself or others. The owner of the crystal shop teaches Santiago that one of the principle things which endangers the pursuit of a dream is one's own fear of achieving it. This idea, that vanity can serve a good cause despite its perils, will become an important theme of the book. The goddess of the forest appeared at the lake and found the water transformed into salty tears.
Ameinias committed suicide at Narcissus's doorstep. This is how one foot sinks into the ground. Every sentence man uses with I, refers to the two pairs: I-Thou and I-It. It introduces us to a world where a lake can speak, goddesses roam the countryside, and magic is a fact of life. This version of the myth makes the Alchemist very happy. This reversal of traditional views on selfishness is foreshadowed by the unique retelling of the Narcissus story. Summary: Section One The third-person narrator describes a shepherd named Santiago arriving with his flock at an abandoned Church.
A giant sycamore tree grows in the spot where a sacristy once stood. Do you agree with anything Coehlo states in his introduction? From there, his spirit was transformed into the plant Narcissus by the lake. Santiago imagines he could kill his sheep one by one, and each one would be none the wiser until he killed it. This on turn, allows them to shine brightly. We all want to be loved. She longed to speak to him but did not dare to utter the first word.
He only goes on his journey to look for treasure, but through this, he understands the beauty of the world around him. What is the narrative of The Alchemist trying to say about the relationship between material wealth and spirituality? One day Narcissus was walking in the woods when , an mountain nymph saw him, fell deeply in love, and followed him. Religion has taught me that to sacrifice my independence for the sake of my marriage is noble; to sacrifice my goals for the sake of raising my children is valiant. Perhaps it was harder, braver and nobler to wander through forests and along the highways with torn shoes, to suffer sun and rain, hunger and need, to play with the joys of the senses and pay for them with suffering. While the relationship between the gold that Santiago finds and the spiritual discoveries he makes is largely metaphorical, the reader does see that the most important thing is not what you want, but just that you want that thing with all of your heart. Lovers' Legends: The Gay Greek Myths.