The Alchemist (Coelho)

santiago spends a lot of time thinking about his sheep and their place in the world. why would the author include this kind of thought?

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Because the sheep represent those who do not seek their purpose in life; the sheep are the people go about their life lacking any sense of real purpose. The sheep need guidance from others to live. The author likely wants us to think about the role of "sheep" in society and life.