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1.Why does Coelho open with the modified myth of Narcissus? How does the new version differ from the original one? How does it change the myth’s meaning? What might the author be suggesting about how we perceive ourselves and the world? Answer:Paulo Coelho began with the tale of Narcissus to show the reader that when you are so caught up in your own life you do not realize the greater things like nature and friends. It differs because it leaves out how the lake was also too caught up in its own beauty to notice other people. The new myth focuses more on good outcomes from bad events while the original is negative. It shows everything to be self-centered. This relates to the tale of the Alchemist because, in chasing his personal legend, Santiago had to learn to see the world for all that it was, not just what was in his face at the time.
2.The novel opens with Santiago thinking about his sheep. What does he observe about their existence? How might the sheep symbolize the way some people live their lives? How does his observation that they "have forgotten to rely on their own instincts" foreshadow later events in the story? Answer:He see that all they are concerned with was eating and sleeping. They do not have deeper thoughts or needs. Just like people that do not try to learn or grow, they continue oblivious through life. They