Santiago thus applies the same skill he attained at the seminary to literally “reading” the world, most notably in interpreting the flight of the hawks, which earns him recognition both by the alchemist and the tribal chieftains of Al-Fayoum who invite him to stay.But Santiago is not finished reading the world written by the hand that wrote all, and he embarks on the second phase of his quest with the knowledge that the stories most worthy of his attention do not reside in books.
However, in recounting her reaction to his literacy, she seems limited in her ability to appreciate his desire for something more in life, a passion that is recognized and esteemed by Fatima, whom he meets in the oasis as he attempts to discover his Personal Legend.
Her love is of a different variety, one that encourages him to soar to new heights rather than asks him to clip his wings to stay with her.
Religion: Religion is a double-edged sword, according to The Alchemist.
On one hand, Santiago has the recurring dream that sets him on his way in the sacristy of an abandoned church; on the other hand, he must abandon that church to experience his Personal Legend.
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And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” Any new pursuit requires entering uncharted territory — that’s scary. The experiences you gain in pursuing your dream will make it all worthwhile. What is “true” will always endure “If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.” Truth cannot be veiled by smoke and mirrors — it will always stand firm.
When you’re searching for the “right” decision, it will be the one that withstands the tests of time and the weight of scrutiny. Break the monotony “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” Gratitude is the practice of finding the good in each day.
Reading Another important motif in the novel is that of reading, not just books, but the world.
Reading serves a central function in The Alchemist, as Santiago and other characters attempt to make sense of the world around them through written words, only to learn that a deeper understanding can be achieved through the act of living itself.