The Alchemist (Coelho)

To what is the old man referring when he speaks of our "personal legend"?

the old man is from Salem

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Melchizedek explains the idea of the Personal Legend to Santiago. A person’s Personal Legend represents the essence of what a person feels destined to accomplish in life. Young children have a good idea what their legend is. As we get older, we lose our sense of wonder and our legend begins to fade. A "mysterious force" makes us think that we can never achieve our legend.