Don Quixote


Don Quixote Essay, Research Paper

Cervantes’ greatest work, Don Quixote, is an amazing parody with a realistic idea. Don Quixote is a country gentleman, an enthusiastic visionary crazed by his reading of romances of chivalry, who rides forth to defend the oppressed and to right wrongs. The theme of the book, in brief, concerns Hidalgo Alonso Quijano, who, because of his reading in books about chivalry, comes to believe that everything they say is true and decides to become a knight-errant himself. He assumes the name of Don Quixote de la Mancha and, accompanied by a peasant, Sancho Panza, who serves him as a squire, sets forth in search of adventures. Don Quixote interprets all that he encounters in accordance with his readings and thus imagines himself to be living in a world quite different from the one familiar to the ordinary men he meets. Windmills are thus transformed into giants, and this illusion, together with many others, is the basis for the beatings and misadventures suffered by the intrepid hero. After the knight’s second sally in search of adventure, friends and neighbors in his village decide to force him to forget his wild fancy and to reintegrate himself into his former life. The “knight” insists upon following his calling, but at the end of the first part of the book they make him return to his home by means of a sly stratagem. In the second part the hidalgo leaves for the third time and alternately gives indication of folly and of wisdom in a dazzling array of artistic inventions. But now even his enemies force him to abandon his endeavors. Don Quixote finally recognizes that romances of chivalry are mere lying inventions, but upon recovering the clarity of his mind, he loses his life.

This idea is very realistic because of its modern day implications. It tells who becomes bored with his life and experiences a midlife crisis. He enjoys reading about chivalry and finds the idea so fascinating that he decides that he wants to experience it himself.

Don Quixote is a character that is a part of all of us. Everybody has dreams like his of becoming a knight. Everybody at has whimsical fantasy much like he does. The only differences between Don Quixote and the rest of us is that he a much more vivid imagination and he desires a change in his life.

Throughout the book it may appear as though Sancho Panza is a remarkably faithful and trustworthy friend to Don Quixote but it seems to me that he is really an immoral glutton. The only reason he becomes Don Quixote’s squire is because he is promised riches.

The book Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is a capricious tale of an older man’s quest to become a knight. Outfitted in such absurd gear as a bucket for a helmet and dubbed knight by an innkeeper the old man sets out with his squire and has many comical adventures. All of this makes for an entertaining journey throughout seventeenth century Spain.

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