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Of these obstacles, the one I understand the most sympathetically, is the interference of love. It is best represented with the, “We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream.” when Santiago is looking into the eyes of who he has found love in, Fatima, he knows that he can see the Soul of the World, or more commonly known as love, he is now faced with this obstacle: should he stay content with this love? or does he continue on his path? First, Santiago believes that his love with fatima is more worthwhile than his treasure could be emotionally, and reminds himself that the married shepherds had difficulty getting their wives to come along with them as “love required them to stay with the people they loved.” This problem is fairly typical in modern society, as this is a common belief that opportunities are less important than love. It’s possible that he could have been right since he believed that if he left for his dream, he would also be leaving her. I believe that Fatima helped resolve these feeling by telling Santiago, “I want my husband to wander free as the wind that shapes the dunes. And, if I have to, I will accept the fact that he has become part of the clouds, and the animals, and the water of the desert.” Then, by his own luck or fate, He encounters the Alchemist, who tells him, “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You’ve got to find the treasure so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense.” Which further solidifies his decision to continue on his journey to find his personal legend. Thinking back to this decision Santiago had to make, we have to think about the love shared between these two was mutual. What allowed him to make his decision was a mixture of his own desires and her reminding him that who she loved was a man that roamed as he pleased, not someone rooted down.

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