Research Article

Stylistic Analysis of Coelho’s novel The Alchemist


  • Maha Sarfraz Government College Women University Sialkot, Pakistan


Style can be defined as the way language is used in a given context. Literary style can be defined as the linguistic patterns chosen by a particular author intentionally or unintentionally among all of the other options that are not chosen by her/him. The focal point of the study is to do a stylistic analysis of The Alchemist (1993), written by famous Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, which is the most influential novel with its profound thoughts and remarkable artistry. The novel has a unique narrative structure and profound symbolic meaning. As the research is theoretical, analytical, and descriptive in nature, close reading text-based analysis is applied in the analysis of the novel. The theoretical framework for the present study is a stylistic model based on linguistic and stylistic features proposed by Leech and Short (2007) that have been applied. They described a list of different categories; lexical categories, grammatical categories, figures of speech, coherence, and cohesion, but the present study focused on only two categories; lexical categories and grammatical categories. The researcher used a “mixed approach” for the study. The researcher used a secondary source of data collection. The present study used a non-random sampling design. Thus, in this study, the researcher has done a stylistic analysis of the novel and has presented how academic readers can better understand the writer’s use of different literary elements and how meanings are constructed from a specific novel to reveal its themes.

Article information


International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

Volume (Issue)

5 (3)





How to Cite

Sarfraz, M. (2022). Stylistic Analysis of Coelho’s novel The Alchemist. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 5(3), 58–66.



Style, Stylistics, Linguistics Stylistic Analysis, The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho