The Alchemist (Coelho)

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9. After he has been robbed of all his money in Tangier, Santiago at first begins to despair and regret that he ever

set out on his journey. As he gazes at the stones, however, he realizes what his mistake was in dealing with the thief

who robbed him. What was his mistake, and how will need to change in order to find his treasure?

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Santiago's mistake was the way in which he saw himself.

"As he mused about these things, he realized that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief and as an adventurer in quest of his treasure."


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What elements of the hero’s journey do you think you recognize so far in this story?

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