This made Santiago turn away from his Personal Legend and concentrate on earning some more money to go back to Spain and become a shepherd again. But you know that I'm not going to go to Mecca.
When Santiago finally earned enough money to go back to Spain and double his flock he told the crystal merchant that he was leaving. Just as you know that you're not going to buy your sheep." "Who told you that? "Maktub," said the old merchant and he gave the boy his blessing (Coelho, 28).
What is the function of magic in The Alchemist, and what does the ability to practice magic symbolize?
And he knew that shepherds, like seamen and like traveling salesmen, always found a town where there was someone who could make them forget the joys of carefree wandering.
But as he learns these things he also grows from them.
The crystal merchant was one of the important characters who helped Santiago in his journey to achieve his Personal Legend.
What are the weaknesses that Santiago sees in his flock of sheep, and how do they relate to the weaknesses of human beings who fail to pursue their Personal Legends?
According to the book, is it possible to live a fulfilling life without ever achieving one’s Personal Legend? What role do forces of nature such as the wind and the sun play in Santiago’s journey?
During Santiago’s stay in Tangiers, what does Santiago teach the crystal merchant, and what does the crystal merchant teach Santiago?
What stylistic strategies does Coelho use to make The Alchemist come across as a mythic, universally applicable story?