The Alchemist

The Camel Driver Character Analysis

An unnamed camel driver accompanies the desert caravan and shares his life perspective with Santiago. The camel driver lives entirely in the moment, and therefore does not fear death or the possibility of dying, even though his caravan travels through the tribal wars in the desert. Santiago learns patience from the camel driver, and how to do each thing in its own time.

The Camel Driver Quotes in The Alchemist

The The Alchemist quotes below are all either spoken by The Camel Driver or refer to The Camel Driver. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper One edition of The Alchemist published in 2014.
Part Two Quotes

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

Related Characters: The Camel Driver (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 79
Explanation and Analysis:

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The camel driver understood what the boy was saying. He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of the birds… whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Actually, it wasn’t that those things, in themselves, revealed anything at all; it was just that people, looking at what was occurring around them, could find a means of penetration to the Soul of the World.

Related Characters: Santiago, The Camel Driver
Page Number: 104-105
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Camel Driver Character Timeline in The Alchemist

The timeline below shows where the character The Camel Driver appears in The Alchemist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two
The Pursuit of Your Personal Legend Theme Icon
Maktub and What is Meant to Be Theme Icon
The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
Alchemy and the Value of Simplicity Theme Icon
The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
One night Santiago talks to a camel driver , who tells him that, despite how many times he has crossed the desert, the... (full context)
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The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
...feels certain that she has married someone else. He feels that his intuitive understanding of the camel driver ’s comment about the desert means that he might be learning some of the universal... (full context)
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The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
...finds it more interesting to observe the caravan in the desert. He becomes friends with the camel driver , and at night as they sit around the fire together. Santiago tells him about... (full context)
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The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
The camel driver says that disaster taught him to understand that people need not fear the unknown if... (full context)
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The Englishman asks the camel driver if they're in danger from the tribal wars. The camel driver says that in the... (full context)
The Pursuit of Your Personal Legend Theme Icon
Alchemy and the Value of Simplicity Theme Icon
The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
...and night, and the animals are exhausted from being pushed at a faster pace. Only the camel driver seems unconcerned by the threat of war. He tells Santiago that he focuses on the... (full context)
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...a long way to go to reach the pyramids. But now he has learned from the camel driver , and he wants to live in the moment. In this moment, the presence of... (full context)
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The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
...and women ask about the fighting and the products that they've brought over the desert. The camel driver has explained to Santiago that the oases are considered neutral territories, because most of the... (full context)
The Pursuit of Your Personal Legend Theme Icon
Maktub and What is Meant to Be Theme Icon
The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
...does not want to push forward impulsively and ignore omens from God. He thinks of the camel driver , and reminds himself to do everything in its own time. On their first day... (full context)
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Santiago returns to the oasis and finds the camel driver . Santiago tells him that he knows an army is coming, because he has had... (full context)
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Once, an old seer asked the camel driver why he was so interested in the future. The camel driver had responded that he... (full context)
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The old seer told the camel driver that the future truly belongs only to God. In his line of work, he guesses... (full context)
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The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
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The camel driver tells Santiago to go and speak to the tribal chieftains and tell them what he... (full context)
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Maktub and What is Meant to Be Theme Icon
The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
...might have to pay for that success with his life. But he reminds himself of the camel driver ’s words—that to die one day is no worse than dying on any other. Santiago... (full context)