Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Literature Analysis The Alchemist

  • The story revolves around the world of a boy named Santiago, and his quest for a hidden treasure. The inciting incident is when Santiago meets Melchizedek, and Melchizedek tells him about his treasure that awaits him.
  • The central message in this book is following your dreams.
  • The tone of the book is hopeful and reflective. It made feel think about my life more analytically, and made me want to read more to find out what was going to happen next. 


  1. Santiago- is an Andalusian shepherd boy, which has a dream about finding treasure in the Pyramids of Egypt. Coelho uses indirect characterization to describe him because he is the protagonist, and the story revolves around him. The Alchemist- not much is known about this man except that he is 200 years old and he is the owner of the Philosopher’s stone and the Elixir of Life. Coelho uses indirect characterization to describe the alchemist because he plays a big role in the end of the story.
  2. Coelho’s syntax is that he uses a wide variety of sentences and his diction is that he uses mostly simple vocabulary words.
  3. The protagonist (Santiago) can be considered a dynamic character due to the fact on how we see how we see his changes as a person throughout the book.
  4. When I read this book long ago, I felt that I was reading about someone than meeting them.

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