Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken

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The most significant journeys are always the ones that transform us, from which we emerge changed in some way. In Paulo Coelho’s modern classic novel The Alchemist, and Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken, the journey that is undertaken by the central exponents leaves both with enlightening knowledge that alters their lives irrevocably. In stark contradiction to this, Ivan Lalic’s poem Of Eurydice , delves into the disruptive and negative force of knowledge, in contrast to The Alchemist which details an antithesis of this point relative to knowledge. In all journeys, the eventuality of knowledge is a transformative one.

The knowledge and universal understanding derivative from a journey can leave the traveller positively
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The metaphorical journey extends to the notion vast multitude of humans (i.e., the sheep that Santiago herded) know only the physical aspect of their existence. When an individual realizes his or her oneness with the universal soul, he or she sheds identification with the material world thereby raising consciousness higher to the purer spiritual realm. Santiago’s newly found knowledge leaves him thoroughly more sagacious, ushering in spiritually illuminative understanding.

Correspondingly, the walker in Robert Frost’s poem returns with an equally enlightening understanding that he shall ‘’be telling with a sigh’’. The walker is faced with the indecipherable decision of two roads and which one to ultimately travel, the extended metaphor of one’s life and the various choices therein. He must choose between roads that are ‘’just as fair’’ and come to a conclusion that can be recalled as positive ‘’ages and ages hence’’. The repetition of indecision throughout the first three stanzas circumstantiate the fact that the two roads are inseparable, and only seem to delve into the mindset of the traveller and how he is reacting to the immediate situation. Indeed, the use of alliteration in the first stanza is a clear example of this:
‘’ And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could’’
Eventually the

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