The Alchemist (Coelho)

The Alchemist – Study Guide

20. How do you interpret the novel’s ending? Why is it significant that Santiago’s treasure is buried not at the

Pyramids but back in Spain at the abandoned church where his journey

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The twist at the story's end - that the treasure was always near Santiago after all - reinforces the teachings of the alchemist. Just as the alchemist insists that the secrets he holds are in fact simple and easy to understand, so too was the treasure always at home. Thus, the secrets to living a happier, more fulfilled life are not far away or exotic: they are quite often right in front of us, right under our noses. The rub is that often we must travel far and wide in order to realize this.