BOOK CLUB: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is every Thursday/ From page 7-11.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

For those who wish to participate, to read & discuss as a group, please read Pages 7-11 in The Alchemist found here –>

http://www.shipk12.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Paulo_Coelho_-_The_Alchemist.pdf

After you have read these pages, please answer the following questions;

1- What is the significance of Santiago becoming a shepherd rather than a priest, as his parents had hoped? Why has he made this choice? What does being a shepherd allow him to do?

2- Why is it important that Santiago dreams of a child who tells him of his treasure in this particular setting?

3- King Mechizedek tells the boy that when we are children, “everything is clear and everything is possible,” but as time passes mysterious forces convince us to abandon our dreams (p. 9). Do you think this is true? What are the
“mysterious forces” that threaten to hold us back as we grow older?

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  1. Please (pretty please!) reply to this post and share:

    1- One or more questions you have after reading from page 7-11 (discussion questions or comprehension questions)
    2- Two or more phrases or sentences that you especially liked or want to talk about from page 7-11 [Choose them for whatever reason you wish!]
    3- Three or more words or collocations you learned, or that you think others might find helpful to review/learn/understand (from page 7-11)

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  2. Pages 7-11 in The Alchemist
    http://www.shipk12.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Paulo_Coelho_-_The_Alchemist.pdf

    1- What is the significance of Santiago becoming a shepherd rather than a priest, as his parents had hoped? Why has he made this choice? What does being a shepherd allow him to do?

    It is much more important for Santiago to travel, to become familiar with the world than “knowing God and learning man’s sins”. The world is full of different interesting things to be searched, to be explored and for this reason Santiago has decided to become a shepherd. Being a shepherd allows him to travel, to see interesting places, to meet different people. It gives him a chance to discover the world around him.
    The German writer J.W. Goethe wrote “ Nature is the single book in which every page is full of deep content”. Here I’d like to add, Santiago has a great desire to read this book. While travelling from one place to another with his sheep he learns much more about the world than reading books.
    Another important reason why Santiago prefers the job of a shepherd to a priest. “He made new friends, and he didn’t need to spend all of his time with them. When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own”. (p.8) – It is really true, some people around you think that they know what you should do and what life you should live but they know nothing about themselves and they are angry if you don’t want to change.
    Here I may ask my questions:
    Why do some people consider that they know better than you yourself what is good for you? Why do these people think that they have the right to interfere in the other’s life? How do you react to people who try to show you which life you should live?

    2- Why is it important that Santiago dreams of a child who tells him of his treasure in this particular setting?

    In Santiago’s dream a child appears unexpectedly among sheep as if he/she fell from the sky. His sheep are never frightened by children. Santiago wonders how “animals know the age of human beings”. This child becomes a guiding star for Santiago. The child is that who has to help Santiago to realize his dream. This is the child who shows him the way to the hidden treasure in the Egyptian Pyramids. Here I’d like to emphasize that this child is an angel sent by God.

    Vocabulary
    p.7
    respectful for (the elderly) – feeling or showing deference and respect

    of one’s own accord – without being asked or forced to do something, on one’s own
    the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation
    at somebody’s discretion (=according to someone’s decision)
    to change for – get something different instead, especially because there is something wrong with it [= exchange American English]
    p.8
    in exchange for – the act of giving sb/sth and receiving sth else
    p. 9
    to awe – feel respect and slight fear; be very impressed by sb/sth
    to succeed in – be successful in sth; do well in sth
    to yearn – have a strong desire for sth, especially sth that is difficult or impossible to get [=long]
    to convince – cause (sb)to believe firmly in the truth of sth; persuade sb to do sth [=persuade]
    to nourish – provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition
    to conspire – make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful actually
    p. 10
    in the long run – later in the future, not immediately [long-term]; in the end, as a result, consequently
    to abandon – give up completely (a course of action, a practice, or a way of thinking)
    p. 11
    an expert at – a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area
    to wander – walk slowly across or around an area, usually without a clear direction or purpose
    Moors – one of the Muslim people from North Africa who entered Spain in the 8th century and ruled the southern part of the country until 1492
    entire – whole
    to curse – say or think bad things about sb or sth because they have made you angry
    solitary – used to emphasize that there is only one of sth [=single]
    to slaughter – kill (animals) for food

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  3. @ Valentina, thanks a lot for answering these questions, your questions are great as well. So, you remind me about, The Giver by Lois Lowry (A novel) which has a community and the Elders are able to choose everybody’s name, job and even Match between couples as well (According to the rules in this community), they interfere in everybody’s life and this is acceptable in this community because everything is controlled, but in our real life, that is not acceptable at all to interfere in anybody’s life because we live in a free community, people here like their freedom and privacy, they want to choose and decide their future by themselves not to be decided by others. So, I believe that anyone who interferes in others’ lives must do so because he or she lacks satisfaction with his or her own life. Although s/he has a little experience or something like that, but that is not give her or him the right to interfere in anyone’s life. This is my point of view, how about you? How do you feel about it? Would you want your future to be decided by others? Why or why not?

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    • @Amr, Thank you for your reaction to my questions. I agree with you that no one has the right to interfere in other’s private life or to teach him/her what to do and what not to do, and which way to do that.
      As for me, I dislike even when I am asked questions related to my private life in everyday conversation, I mean if it’s not any official document. In the beginning, I was irritated but now I answer with my question ” Do you want me to keep silent or do you want me to invent some story, that is to tell a lie?”
      But when someone tries to teach me what to do or what not to do, I usually prefer to joke ” Guy, don’t teach me I can teach anyone by myself”. I am not shy to ask for help if I don’t know how to do. But it happens very seldom.
      A person has to study, to develop his/her skills, abilities. The learning prossess is endless. While living we are learning, If you stop learning it means your death has come, you are turning into an animal. It’s my opinion.
      Amr, what is your opinion about human development at our life level, not at a global one? Thank you.

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      • Yeah, I totally agree with you Valentina, we should change ourselves, from page 8, “We have to be prepared for change…”.

        I think this may be one of the hardest lessons in life.

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