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The Alchemist; The Oasis

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Discipline:
Language Arts
Subject:
Literature
Grade:
9

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The Alchemist; The Oasis

The Alchemist

The Oasis

What does the oasis symbolize?The oasis symbolizes life, love and domesticity

How is the oasis used in the book?The traveling caravan had been working day and nights, getting very tired, and when they reach the oasis, a sense of joy and relaxation is swept over the members of the group. It is used as a checkpoint in the book. They have not made it to the pyramids yet, but they have reached the oasis, where they can rest, and talk to the alchemist. It signifiesd shade, water, and rest from the war. Oases were considered neutral territories, because the majority of the inhabitants were women and children. The tribesmen would fight in the desert. I belive Paulo Coelho made the desert so gloomy, just to make the oasis seem so joyful and happy. The trees at the oasis are date palms- that is fruit-bearing trees. This hints at the fact that Santiago's stay at the oasis will be fruitful, which, in fact, turns out to be. In the book, the desert was considered the spiritual world, and the oasis was considered the world of people. Once Santiago got to teh oasis, he claimed his beginners luck had ended.

Connections to Another StoryThe oasis represents a peaceful and happy place, this reminds us of The Garden of Eden from The Bible. Much like the Oasis, The Garden of Eden was plentiful and had lots of resources to offer. There is also the story of Adam and Eve that takes place in The Garden of Eden which represents love here much like the love between Fatima and Santiago represented in The Alchemist.

How does the oasis enhance the story?The oasis almost symbolizes happiness, and so after Santiago goes through a treachourous journey, the reader feels a sense of relief when they reach the oasis. This relief makes them want ot keep reading. Also, thee oasis symbolizes love, and when Santiago falls in love with Fatima, this appeals to a different interest of the reader, and may suprise them, but they read on.

"I'm going to wait here every day. I have crossed the desert in search of a treasure that is somewhere near the pyramids, and for me, the war seemed a curse. But now it's a blessing, because it brought me to you." -Santiago

"Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees, he thought."

"Although the vision of the date palms would someday be just a memory, right now it sigified shade, water and refuge from the war. Yesterday, the camel's groan signaled danger, and now a row of date palms could herald a miricle."


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