The Alchemist Setting & Symbolism

Paulo Coelho
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Gold Coins

Santiago's father's contribution to Santiago's treasure is gold coins.

Ruined Old Church

The ruined church represents religion and faith. It still provides sanctuary and harbors hidden treasure, even though it is out of use.

Urim and Thummim

Urim and Thummin are oracle stones that represent the old man's wisdom and guidance that is there if Santiago should really need it.

Treasure Chest

The treasure chest represents Santiago's destiny. The ancient gold coins and other precious items are the refined or evolved form of lesser metals. Symbolically, the treasure represents Santiago's actual treasure, which is the evolution of his soul. Fatima's declaration of eternal love and Santiago's soul's growth and development is his real reward.

The Caravan

The caravan represents the journey of life and its inherent dangers, the many types of characters met along the way and safety in numbers.

Crystal

The crystal represents the beauty...

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