the alchemist


the alchemist

Paper details:

In his Foreword to The Alchemist (entitled “Ten Years On”), Paulo Coelho talks about the Four Obstacles of Life:

1. We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible.
2. We are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream, and therefore believe we must forsake our dream for love.
3. We fear the defeats we will meet on the path.
4. We fear to realize (i.e., achieve) the dream for which we fought all our lives.

Apply these four principles to Santiago’s story. How did they affect his journey? Or, if applicable, how did he resist allowing them to affect his journey?

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