Don Quixote is a satire of courtly romantic stories. The character of Don Quixote believes he is a real knight, and he comports himself with all the honor, grace, and bravery that he possibly can. Unfortunately for Quixote, he is not a real knight, and the world around him is not set up to have the adventures expected of a real knight. When he believes he is fighting giants, he is only fighting windmills.
Where a real knight might be expected to have a suit of armor, Don Quixote wears a pot on his head. Instead of a noble steed, he rides on an old, decrepit horse. Rather than a young, capable squire at his side, he is accompanied by his tubby, wise-cracking friend Sancho Panza. And instead of a lovely maiden for his love interest, Quixote devotes himself to Dulcinea del Toboso, a pig-raising prostitute from a nearby town who never appears in the story.
Quixote is a ridiculous, comical figure. The enduring popularity of this character, however, stems from the fact that there is also...
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