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Is the play The Alchemist by Ben Johnson is an allegory?substantiate?
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When determining if a story or literary work is meant to be an allegory one must identify symbols within the story that represent other things, and to see if the story relates to another meaning as well, one that is deeper than the obvious.  In the book "The Alchemist" there are several deeper meanings that Santiago learn from his search for the treasure:  

 The journey in search of the treasure is a reward in itself: Santiago learn sthis after he has had the chance to have wonderful and risky adventures on his trip, met many new people, and seen sights such as the pyramids that he never would have seen had he not gone on his quest.

"There is no place like home" (Wizard of Oz phrase).  Santiago is so busy dreaming and looking for the treasure that he fails to see the treasures at his home environments. However, he later learns this lesson.

If one does not ever follow ones dreams, then one can never attain them.  Santiago is pushed forward by the King who tells him that many people stop going after the things they want because they just give up.  However, nothing is gained then.

Symbols abound within the story. Fatima represents the gift from home that waits on Santiago’s return.  The treasure and tip that Santiago seeks is a symbol of striving for one's dream.

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I believe the book "The Alchemist" is an allegory.  Quite often in life people have dreams that they never try to fulfill.  They talk about them, even plan them, but when an obstacle gets in their way, they let their dreams go. It is also human nature to make a journey but not to see the beauty in the trip.

In the story Santiago has a dream about a treasure.  To fulfill his dream he has to make some drastic changes and take chances.  He also has to learn to listen to his inner voice.

Santiago sells his sheep, works for different people, and gradually moves towards finding the treasure.  His journey to find the treasure introduces him to new skills and new people.  He even finds his love on the way.

Santiago never finds the tangible treasure but he learns that the things he had seen such as the pyramids, and done such as working for the merchant, and the people he had met such as his girlfriend have been rewarding. 

Tasneem.S.S | 1637 days ago