What does the Alchemist do to help Santiago excluding the fact that he taught him the language of the world
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The Alchemist is a mentor figure for Santiago on his journey. He speaks in riddles expecting Santiago to learn through interpretation. The Alchemist helps Santiago turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, hence his name. He helps Santiago connect with the Soul of the World. Santiago, learns to read and communicate with the world around him. This ultimately leads him to the treasure he seeks and awakens his own supernatural consciousness.