The Alchemist (Coelho)

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7. As he stands gazing across the Strait toward Africa, Santiago feels a strong wind, called the “levanter” on his

face. What does he realize that the wind symbolizes, and how does this realization help him decide to cross the

Threshold and start on his journey? How do we know that Melchizedek’s advice helps him make this decision?

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The wind reminds Santiago of freedom, and he knows that regardless of what is left behind he dires the freedom to pursue his Personal Legend. Ironically, just before the advent of the levanter, Santiago had decided it would probably be best to continue his work as a shepherd. The wind seemed like a sign from the old man.


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