Santiago - The central character of this story, this man's long, difficult journey represents each person's journey through life. This character reflects, "I'm like everyone else - I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does".
The Alchemist - This powerful and mysterious character, who remains nameless, enters the story almost half way through and is rumored to be more than 200 years old. The emphasis remains focused on what this character does, rather than who he is.
Gypsy - This character interprets the main character's recurrent dream and encourages him to start on a journey to the Egyptian pyramids.
Old Man (Melchizedek, the King of Salem) - This character, representing inner guidance and highly developed intuition, explains to the main character that he often appears in people's lives just at the moment they are about to give up...
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