shepherds treasure hunting

I chosed the protagonist of the book named Santiago to my Character analyze as he is always wanted to travel all over the world and his goal is to get treasure that he always dreamed. Travelling to the Pyramids in Egypt he meets an Alchemist man who tell about different omens and lifestyles.

Santiago is a nomadic boy from Andalucia, who has been travelling all over Spain. To be a poet would be his purpose, however finding a treasure is the more target of his interest then he decide to become a traveller. To actualize his dream he spend money to reach the Africa onto the treasure. As he reached to The Africa he found a partner and have some relations with her.

On the basis of my interpretation, i’m not sure if Santiago is very wise or unwise, as Santiago believe prophecy of the people like that and do it accordingly without using sense, though he don’t care about others opinion. On the other hand he is very valiant on travelling in different places and getting to know new cultures. Also Santiago is good to learn for example learning to talk using new language and make use of it.  Santiago can understand how others behave for example in his place of residence he realize what sheeps needs, on the unknown places the world is of another kind.

10 challenging words:

shout = huuto

omen = enne

coincidence = sattuma

uncertainly = epävarmasti

purification = puhdistus

Sentinel = Vartiomies

exultant = riemukas

evokes = herättää

vessel = alus

discipline = kuri

Mind map of protagonist

Coelho, Paulo. 1988. The Alchemist. Hammersmith, London W6 8JB. HarperCollins.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bennett
    Jan 01, 2011 @ 21:00:30

    Hey, great posts! I just finished the alchemist and I loved every page of it. It truly inspired me to chase my dreams and to not deny what my heart wants. It’s an every day decision though and it takes hard work. If you have time, check out my blog and tell me what you think! Feel free to comment. It’s at


  2. Johannes Björk
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 21:38:39

    This is a good character analysis. You tell enough about the character you choose and now I am interested of reading this book only based what I know from this person 😀 good job! There was some sentences that I didn’t fully understand but the structure is mainly good. 🙂

    Some of those 10 challenging words are quite tricky but maybe you could have found a little bit more weird or more challenging words than few what you all ready found. But still, this is a good character analysis! 🙂

    Btw, I couldn’t read your mind map about the protagonist (there is no link)… But I think it’s good because you did a great job with this analysis! 🙂


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