The Alchemist (Coelho)

symbolism in the novel alchemist

what is the symbolism of alchemist novel by paulo coelho?

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There is Santiago's sheep. THey represent Santiago's blindness to his own destiny, his own quest. Like the sheep he mindlessly does the same thing everyday.

THere is of course Alchemy. The ability to turn base lead into gold. The symbolism comes in when Santiago follows his quest and learns he can turn (spiritually) what he already has into something beyond gold.