The Alchemist Paulo Coelho About the Author Born in 1947 in Brazil Before becoming a fulltime write, he worked as theatre director, actor, lyricist, and journalist Written numerous books in Portuguese that have been translated into English, including The Alchemist 1982 Hell Archives 1986 Practical Manual of Vampirism 1987 The Pilgrimage 1988 The Alchemist 1990 Brida 1991 The Gift 1992 The Valkyries 1994 Maktub By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept 1996 The Fifth Mountain 1997 The Manual of the Warrior of Light 1998 Veronika Decides to Die 2000 The Devil and Miss Prym 2001 Fathers, Sons and Grandsons 2003 Eleven Minutes 2004 The Genie and the Roses 2005 The Zahir 2006 Like the Flowing River The Witch of Portobello About the Author His books have sold more than 65 million copies in 150 countries and translated into 60 languages About the Book The major theme is, of course, alchemy, but exactly does “alchemy” symbolize? Themes The major theme is, of course, alchemy, but exactly does “alchemy” symbolize? Change Themes Literally, alchemy is the process of changing metal into precious gold It is not easy, and the alchemist possesses a unique skill, somewhat of a rare and mysterious knowledge Santiago wants to experience change; therefore, he gave up his studies to be a shepherd and travel Other Themes Following one’s “Personal Legend” Fear of failure What other themes can you think of? About the Book What kind of narrator do we have in this book? Narrator What kind of narrator do we have in this book? Omniscient Narrator About the Book What types of symbolism are present in the book? Symbolism Dreams represent the language of God The baker and the crystal merchant represent the loss of the dream and the regret that follows The ruined church represents Santiago’s treasure The Old Kin represents Santiago’s need to follow the omens Symbolism What or who does Santiago symbolize? About the Book Setting Andalusian region of Spain Tangier Al-Fayoum oasis Pyramids in Egypt Back to Spain Present day Characters Major Santiago Gypsy woman Old king Crystal merchant Englishman Alchemist About the Book Omniscient Narrator Why?