Write a literary analysis essay about a literary element in The Alchemist. Your essay should be about 500–750 words.
• What is the theme of the novel? In your introduction, write a thesis statement that identifies the theme and briefly explains how the theme is developed. In your body paragraphs, give specific examples of scenes, characters’ actions, or symbols by which the author develops the theme. End the essay with a concluding statement that sums up your thesis and major supporting ideas in new words. Your conclusion may offer examples of how the chosen theme relates to real-life situations or other literary texts.
• Do a close reading of The Alchemist, taking notes about the literary element you selected. Include details from the text, and record their page numbers. Quote and paraphrase from The Alchemist in those details.
• Write a clear and precise thesis statement that makes a claim, states a position, or provides an evaluation or analysis.