Plot of the Alchemist

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  • Exposition
  • "The boy's name was Santiago. Dusk was falling as the boy arrived with his herd at an abandoned church. The roof had fallen in long ago, and an enormous sycamore had grown on the spot where the sacristy had once stood. "(1)
  • Rising Action
  • "And this is my interpretation: you must go to the Pyramids in Egypt. I have never heard of them, but, if it was a child who showed them to you, they exist. There you will find a treasure that will make you a rich man."
  • Rising Action
  • "It's [The Treasure] in Egypt, near the Pyramids." The boy was startled. The old woman had said the same thing. But she hadn't charged him anything. "In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you."
  • Santiago is introduced to the audience as a shepherd who owns only his book, coat and his sheep.
  • Climax
  • The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was a part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles. The simum blew that day as it had never blown before. For generations thereafter, the Arabs recounted the legend of a boy who had turned himself into the wind, almost destroying a military camp,
  • Santiago expresses his reoccurring dream of finding a treasure to the Gypsy dream reader in Tarifa.
  • Rising Action
  • "You'll learn that a man shouldn't be so stupid. Two years ago, right here on this spot, I had a recurrent dream, too. I dreamed that I should travel to the fields of Spain and look for a ruined church where shepherds and their sheep slept. In my dream, there was a sycamore growing out of the ruins of the sacristy, and I was told that, if I dug at the roots of the sycamore
  • Santiago meets Melchizedek, an old king that gives him invaluable advice for his journey to the Pyramids
  • Resolution
  • The boy smiled, and continued digging. Half an hour later, his shovel hit something solid. An hour later, he had before him a chest of Spanish gold coins. There were also precious stones, gold masks adorned with red and white feathers, and stone statues embedded with jewels. The spoils of a conquest that the country had long ago forgotten, and that some conquistador had failed to tell his children about.
  • Santiago learns how to communicate with the wind and the sun, and successfully penetrates the soul of the world.
  • Santiago finally gets the Pyramids in Egypt, but he meets a few refugees who tells Santiago that he used to have a dream about a treasure that was under an old abandoned church
  • Santiago returns the the church, and manages to find treasure that his journey has been about
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