What was the most valuable thing Santiago gained from his journey?
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Similarly one may ask, what did Santiago gain from his journey?
Santiago learns to connect with the Soul of the World. Santiago, learns to read and communicate with the world around him. He also learns that the physical treasures we search for are often right in front of us, that a spiritual journey is not about becoming someone else, but rather about finding oneself.
Secondly, what does Santiago learn about himself? First, the Alchemist explains that each person's heart emerges from the Soul of the World. Because Santiago's heart connects him to the Soul of the World, Santiago must learn to listen to it properly. In other words, Santiago must learn to separate himself from the desires of his heart.
Beside above, what does Santiago realize about himself and his journey at the end of the story?
Santiago must overcome external and internal obstacles; this develops the theme that we must face new challenges to realize our true purpose. By the end of the story, Santiago learns that everything in the world has a purpose because all of it is connected by the Soul of the World.
What was Santiago's treasure?
A voice in the wind says God wanted him to see the pyramids' beauty. Soon Santiago finds a chest of gold coins and jewels. He removes Urim and Thummim and puts them in the chest. He plans to head to Tarifa and give the gypsy one tenth of his treasure, and as the wind blows he feels Fatima's kiss on his lips.