The Alchemist

The Alchemist

THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COELHO WHAT IS AN ALCHEMIST? One who practices alchemy, the art of transforming baser, inexpensive metals into gold. Alchemists searched for the elixir of life and a universal solvent

Alchemy was practiced in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance FABLE A fable is a brief tale It offers a moral (a lesson). They mostly feature animal characters.

Fables convey simple truths. The themes occur repeatedly in many stories and across countries and cultures. CHARACTERS & TRICKSTERS Often fables and trickster tales illustrate how a smaller or

weaker animal uses cunning to outwit a larger, stronger animal. Characters do not change their viewpoints. EXAMPLES OF MORALS Slow and steady wins the race. Like attracts like.

Look before you leap A person is known by the company he keeps. FABLE Some well-known fables include: Aesops fable, The Tortoise and the Hare

Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book George Orwells Animal Farm. ARCHETYPES An archetype is a pattern or model of an action, a character type, or an image that recurs consistently enough in life and literature to be

considered universal. From the Greek arkhetypon, meaning "pattern, model ARCHETYPE EXAMPLES Examples: The Hero (i.e. Harry Potter) The Mentor (i.e. Professor Dumbledore) The Soul Mate/Beautiful Lady (i.e. Ginny)

The Trickster (i.e the Weasley twins) The Castle (i.e. Hogwarts) The Threshold Guardian (i.e. the sorting hat)

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