Explain why Don Quixote is a tragedy or comedy or both.

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It is interesting to mention that the creation of this novel was influenced by the societal, economical, moral, and psychological circumstances in which Cervantes lived and wrote. This is best illustrated by the sixteenth-century literary trend of the classical knight-adventurer who goes on fascinating journeys and discovers the world. It started with a novel called Amadis of Gaul by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo and became popular reading material for all social classes, celebrating the absurd and leaving a trail of spiritual chaos in literature. In a bold attempt to stop the obsession with and the celebration of these kinds of novels that even critique couldn’t defeat, Cervantes wrote Don Quixote and, with it, completely reinvented the chivalric romance genre, as well as painted an authentic picture of the fall of Spanish feudal society.

This suggests that Don Quixote is actually a satire of another literary genre , a “satirical quest” filled with adventure, romance, fantasy, and a clash...

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