The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

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Setting

"Dusk was falling as the boy arrived with his herd at an abandoned church. The roof had fallen in long ago, and an enormous sycamore had grown on the spot where the sacristy had once stood."
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The photos I chose show my setting, and the seting of my quote. The way I placed them tells the story of the quote. The time when it took place, or when dusk was falling. Also where the quote takes place, in an abandoned church, that has a roof that had fallen in a long time ago. The sycamore represents how in the quote, the sycamore had grown inside the church. Since the boy was a Shepard, he had a herd of sheep with him almost through the whole book. Inside the church (the picture above) shows the old, damaged, abandoned church. Through the whole story, the boy travels in deserts, this is what the first picture shows. This quote shows the setting in the beginning of the book, when Santiago (the boy) arrives at the church, and when he saw it and how it looked while he was there. Out of all the scenes in The Alchemist, this one jumped out at me the most, and it described so much of what was happening I could picture the setting of it in my head. The setting of the whole book is so important because it didn't just say how Santiago was "traveling", it tells me what he went through to get to where he was going- the heat, the never ending sandy desert.
The genre of The Alchemist is Realistic Fiction.