The Alchemist (Coelho)

What is the meaning of the two dead hawks and the falcon in the oasis? How does this omen change Santiago’s status in society?

The hawks were flying in circles one day and several days later Santiago found them dead.

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I suppose on the surface is symbolizes death and foreshadows a battle. I think, more importantly, it represents that Santiago is capable of interpreting and understanding the soul of the world and hence the universal language of the world. The reading of omens in the natural world gives Santiago a special status reserved for men much more older and learned than he is.