The Alchemist is a novel authored by Paulo Coelho. It was published in 1988 using the Portuguese language as the author was from Brazil. Currently, it has been translated to at least sixty seven languages. This has expanded the number of people able to read and follow the story of Santiago on his journey as a young Andalusian shepherd in Egypt striving to find a treasure to fulfill his dreams. The Alchemist therefore provides a good connection with current multicultural literatures as it includes diverse episodes represented in different cultural merges. It is however worth noting that, modern society relies on cultural diversity. Thus, The Alchemist assists people to succeed in achieving cultural diversity (Paulo 17).
The Alchemist tells the story of a Spanish boy known as Santiago. It narrates how Santiago followed his dream in attempts to suggest that, people ought to explore riches without giving up as they strive to fulfill their desires. The Alchemist is therefore a story about pursuit of dreams. It relies on the steps undertaken by Santiago in making two consecutive identical dreams as he believed in them. His strength and dedication during the pursuit ensured he led a different after dreaming and striving to find the dream. People should therefore acknowledge that, they ought to keep chasing their dreams without giving up. This is because Santiago can attest that a person has to gain experience while chasing and finding his/her dream. For example, Santiago lost a lot of money and experienced pain in order to gain victory over fear and death. More so, he struggled through pain as he attempted to root out the Egyptian pyramids in order to dig out the treasure. This form of dedication that almost took his life away however was not in vain. This is because Santiago was an honest man. For example, he truthfully told a robber to dig treasure. Although the robber claimed he had experienced a similar dream, Santiago’s motives were not deterred. Thus, he believed the robber, returned to his home and came back to the same area he had been grazing and dug up a big treasure box. This paved way for him to marry his beloved woman (Paulo 146).
The Alchemist ought to be applied in current literature and ways of living to provide the following insights. People across the globe ought to relate with Santiago the shepherd boy. This should prompt them to then hit the road and pursue their dreams. They should however acknowledge that the journey of pursuing the dream is marred with simple and complex challenges, difficulties, frustrations and temptations. This however should not deter them. Instead, they should devise new and unique ways to achieve the dream to avoid being like a crystal merchant silently guarding own a small world while leading an ordinary, dull, and mediocre life (Riding 2).
Paulo Coelho conducted an interview during which he claimed that, his parents tried to dissuade him from pursuing his dream of being a writer. The author’s personal experience should therefore encourage readers to keep dreaming. Consequently, the whole world can help in achieving personal legends. The Alchemist also focuses on multicultural existing in the world as it focuses on Santiago; a normal boy in Spain with a dream he is pursuing to achieve across the Sahara desert. The book strives to assert that, various people from diverse cultures will be experienced in pursuit of the dream. This however should not complicate the journey despite facing cultural difficulties, stereotypes, misconceptions, and barriers. This is because a multicultural world embraces diversity promoting cultural integration. This aspect should therefore encourage people across the globe to pursue dreams in order to improve their lives across diverse multi-cultures. This will promote spread of globalization among people focusing on multicultural without a single story (Schweitzer 3).
Paulo, Coelho. The Alchemist. HarperCollins Paperback, 1993. Print.
Riding, Alan. Paulo Coelho: Writing in a Global Language. The New York Times, 2005. Print.
Schweitzer, Vivien. Inspiration from Bjork: The Alchemist and the Sea. The New York Times, 2012. Print.