One more obstacle that Santiago had to deal with was the interference of love. When he first learned about his journey, he thought of a girl he was in love with before Fatima. The daughter of a merchant whom he’d see now and again when he would sell wool from his sheep. He had second thoughts about leaving but knew that if he would ever be with her he would have to settle and never travel again. Then when he meets Fatima in the oasis, Santiago learns that love can wait. And as the saying goes: “if you love something let it go. if it was meant to be, it will come back to you.” Fatima is the love that doesn’t interfere, she encourages Santiago to go out and complete his journey reminding him that she will still be and still be in love. A quote from Fatima, “When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you, and even men can turn themselves into the wind” (2.648). She said this when Santiago was trying to give her reasons that he loved her, but she did not need a reason because she knew he loved her and that was all that mattered. There is not explanation of love, or at least why you love who you do, you can make a long list of what you like about them but it doesn’t fully explain why you do love them. Santiago learns that during his journey it’s not just the physical treasure that is his goal, this is his personal legend. And for it to be a personal legend it has to have lessons. One lesson is that of love, he learns about unconditional love. Santiago states before he leaves for the Pyramids, “I have crossed the desert in search of a treasure that is somewhere near the Pyramids, and for me, the war seemed a curse. But now it’s a blessing, because it brought me to you” (2.278). He has met so many people and learned many things along his journey yet the most personal and important one is meeting Fatima, she teaches him to be patient and he’s thought her that being patient pays off. When Santiago meets her he also learns more about the soul of world and the language it spoke; “When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke—the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love” (2.256). This is a big part of his journey and his goal to understand the language of the world, he is finally understanding it. This helps for when he needs to turn into the wind and talks to the desert and the other forces of earth.

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