THE POWER BEYOND THE PHYSIQUE: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF PAULO COELHO’S NOVEL THE ALCHEMIST

Dr. Bindu Ann Philip

Abstract


Paulo Coelho shows the readers a different face of nature through his novel The Alchemist. He draws a clear picture of an ancient Spain desert life and explores the universal strength of nature. Sacrificing a girl’s life for a man, makes him the luckiest man. There is a famous quote from the novel by The Alchemist, “Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.”(pg. 151) So here we see that Santiago is in love with Fatima and his heart is always with her, so we can say that the treasure is Fatima itself. Now Fatima has become a synonym for the treasure, although he finds the treasure in the end of the novel, he acquired the most important things in his life, the treasure. The universe is full of secrets and only one who sets his journey in search of it is going to find it. Santiago was carried out by the dreams that were conspired by the whole universe.  So we can say that Santiago was a basic man who would be chasing out his dreams when one would be encouraged for it. We even tend to believe that each and every activity of man is monitored by the power of the universe and all the good deed are supported by all means and that’s what we can call the power beyond the physique.

Keywords


Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, Universal Strength, Power of Nature, Chasing Dreams, Desert Life

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