Symbols From The Alchemist


Alchemy Symbols And Meanings. Alchemy symbols provide us with a wide variety of insight into the potential transformation of the human landscape – both internal and external. Consequently, putting the science of alchemy together with its underlying philosophy of inner transformation, opens up a broad range of power in our lives.

Urim and Thummim, 2 rocks which Santiago uses as omens to help him with his travels. Also, one is black and one is white, showing different sides to everything and there may not be an easy choice every time.
  1. A list of all the characters in The Alchemist. The The Alchemist characters covered include: Santiago, The Alchemist, Crystal Merchant, Englishman, Melchizedek, Fatima, Gypsy, Camel Driver, The Tribal Chieftain of Al-Fayoum, Merchant’s daughter, The Monk, Merchant, Santiago's father, Young Man, Candy Seller, Barkeep, Caravan Leader.
  2. One example of symbolism in The Alchemist is mirages, or hallucinations. This symbol is not used in the way a typical reader would think. Instead of meaning a picture that one sees in the extreme heat, it is used to represent a vision or aspiration.
  3. Dec 30, 2011  Fullmetal Alchemist is an amazing series, in that it is exciting, and very enjoyable to watch. I already wrote all about that, with a subjective review.I found, however, that the series also happens to be a series that is rich with symbolism, and which can encourage a good amount of thought and debate.
  4. Alchemist Symbols: Can you connect all the symbols of the Alchemist? Connect two of the same symbols with a line with no more then two 90 degree angles. Make combinations of the same symbols for extra points. A Mahjong Connect game.
The pyramids, which symbolizes finding his personal legend. His personal legend was to travel the world and see many things, why he became a shepherd . One of these places was the pyramids.
The caravan, which symbolize Santiago's quest. He notes, the caravan makes many detours and adjustments, but it always moves towards the oasis and the same point. Santiago has made many stops on his quest, like at the crystal merchant, but he is always generally working on his quest and moving closer to the treasure.
The desert symbolizes the harsh difficulties towards someone who tries to achieve personal legends, but its many rewards. The desert has many obstacles, like tribal wars, just like someone who wants to achieve his/her personal legend has. However there are many rewards, from Santiago finding his true love to tribes living in peace and happiness. Likewise, if one achieves their personal legend, they will receive many rewards.
The use of alchemy is also symbolism. Alchemy is turning lead into gold, or something cheap into something valuable and beautiful. It makes things better. This symbolizes one trying to achieve his/her personal legend. It would turn an originally boring and unoriginal life to something unique, valuable, and great.
Urim and Thummim
Memorable Quotes:

“‘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 you.’” (29)- The King explaining to Santiago about finding his treasure.

Symbols From The Book The Alchemist

“The boy felt jealous of the freedom of the wind, and saw that he could have the same freedom. There was nothing to hold him back except himself. The sheep, the merchant’s daughter, and the fields of Andalusia were only steps along the way to his Personal Legend” (28).- The boy deciding to go give up some of the sheep to get the king’s help on his quest.

“No matter how many detours and adjustments it made, the caravan moved toward the same compass point. Once obstacles were overcome, it returned to its course, sighting on a star that indicated the location of the oasis” (75)- Santiago realizes this about the caravan. This also symbolizes one’s life and Santiago’s quest. In Santiago's quest, he stopped at many places, such as the crystal merchant's shop, some for years, but they were all steps and mini-detours on his large journey to find his treasure and achieve his personal legend.

The Alchemist Quotes Fatima

“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey” (125)- The alchemist saying goodbye to Santiago, who feels uncertain if he has learned enough to carry on.

“‘Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.’” (159)- The alchemist gives Santiago this piece of advice, leading him to realize when the actual treasure is.

Symbols In The Alchemist Book