Friday, September 27, 2013

The Alchemist up to page 33--Have You... (English 10 Honors)

  • considered why Coelho begins the novel with a "twisted" retelling of the story of Narcissus (the PROLOGUE)?
  • considered the potential symbolism present in the setting described on page 3 of our version of the novel?
  • found any meaningful quotations that have "spoken to you"?
  • questioned why Santiago is a shepherd and what his sheep perhaps represent symbolically?
  • noticed the contrast between different types of learning/viewing the world and considered Coelho's purpose?
  • considered the significance of the geography of the setting (Spain vs. Africa/the Strait of Gibraltar)?
  • reasoned out the purpose of any of Coelho's allusions?