How does Cervantes use humor in Don Quixote? How does humor work in the novel? What are some examples of humor?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Humor is an integral part of Cervantes's classic novel Don Quixote. The most immediately apparent source of humor in the work arises from the distance between the protagonist Don Quixote's conception of himself, the world around him, and what the reader knows to be reality. Quixote romanticizes himself and his adventures to such an extreme extent that he completely looses his grip on the real world and becomes a ridiculous figure. From jousting with windmills to falling in love with a local woman who has no idea of his existence and believing her to be a princess, Don Quixote's skewed perception of reality leads to many hilarious situations throughout the novel.

The...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 358 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team