Santiago and Fatima are talking by the oasis in the Sahara Desert, in Egypt. Fatima is the woman that Santiago loves. Santiago is in Egypt because he was looking for his treasure he believes is near the pyramids. He begins his journey in Spain, and crosses the desert to get to the pyramids, but finds out his treasure was where he first began.
Santiago is a former shepherd from Spain that traveled to the desert in Egypt to find treasure. He and the alchemist were on a walk in the desert when they got stopped by some tribesmen. They took his gold so he lost the rest of his money that he earned at the crystal shop. The alchemist talked their way out of getting killed by the tribesmen. Santiago said if he could transform into the wind that him and the alchemist should be let free. The tribesmen agreed to the bet because they didn't believe him and their curiosity was sparked because of their interest in god.
Santiago finally reached the Pyramids of Egypt. However, while he was digging during the night, he was approached by a few men looking at him dangerously. They asked what he was doing. When Santiago told them that he wasn't looking for anything at first. They decided to beat him and take all of his possessions. Eventually, Santiago yelled that he was looking for treasure and one of the men told the others to stop. A trick that the Alchemist taught him, which was to tell the truth and most people won't believe you and move on. The man told Santiago he was going to live but not to be so stupid to look for treasure because of a recurrent dream.
After Santiago was beaten up and robbed near the Pyramids, Santiago told one of the men why he was looking for the treasure, which was because of the reoccurring dream. The tribesman told him that he also had a reoccurring dream about a treasure, but his treasure was by the roots of a sycamore tree where Santiago began his journey. He returns to the tree, to dig up the treasure that he has been looking for. He finally pulled the treasure out of the ground, and
A theme that continues throughout the book would be to find ones personal legend, and Santiago believes that this treasure is that personal legend. Also, it’s to be truly happy, and Santiago believes love is a large factor in that. The book ends with Santiago going back to the oasis to be with his wife Fatima. Santiago questions the king why he is on this journey and why he should continue. The king talks to him about his personal legend and how people are on their own to find their personal legend. Santiago learns that this is his destiny to find the treasure that he speaks of. As the story progresses Santiago proves that following what your heart tells you is an important theme that is shown in The Alchemists.