The Alchemist: Dialectical Journals

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The Alchemist Dialectical Journals CHARACTER
1) “Astride the animal was a horseman dressed completely in black, with a falcon perched on his left shoulder. He wore a turban and his entire face, except for his eyes, was covered with a black kerchief. He appeared to be a messenger from the desert, but his presence was much more powerful than that of a mere messenger.” (page 109)

Response: My first impression of this man was definitely creepy. The boy viewed this unusual man as some messenger, as did I. Though it turned out, this assumption was all wrong. The mysterious man happened to be the alchemist.
As you can see, this perfectly explains what alchemists are like. People perceive them as normal human beings, but they
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But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand."

Response: I believe fear is the biggest obstacle one can face. It has the ability to control your life, and not allow you to achieve your dreams. In The Alchemist, the boy faced many fears, such as, having the ability of not finding the treasure, losing his wealth, and that he will fail to turn himself into wind. Though in the end, the boy won over his fears, making him stronger, and achieved in discovering his Personal Legend.

9) “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
(page 11)

Response: One of the major themes in this story is dreams. I believe everyone should have a dream, no matter how big or small. It gives your life purpose and maybe even a little adventure. The boy in this story used to be a shepherd, but changed his dream to finding treasure out in the pyramids. If he had not done this, the boy wouldn’t have met the love of his life or learn about the Soul of the World. We all should take a chance towards our dreams. Why take this journey through life without having a destination at the end?


10) “The old woman led the boy to a room at the back of her house; it was separated from her living room by a curtain of colored beads. The room’s furnishings consisted of a table, an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and two chairs.” (page 11)

Response: This