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Don Quixote

Don Quixote believes that the windmills really were giants—but that they were turned into windmills by his nemesis, a magician named Friston. The windmills that Don Quixote spots in the distance...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018 7:52 pm UTC

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It is difficult to say what exactly the windmills represent or why the author chose them as the target of Don Quixote's anger. There are two possible explanations for this, both of which are...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 4:01 pm UTC

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Like so much with him, Quixote's armor is his own creation. Quixote's armor is of his family name and something that is homemade: "The first thing he did was to clean up some armour that had...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2014 5:59 pm UTC

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Don Quixote, particularly in the first part of Don Quixote, changes extraordinarily little in response to the actions and words of the characters with whom he comes into contact. Taking the content...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009 9:24 am UTC

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The strictest definition of “tragedy” is a narrative that deals with the downfall of a protagonist, often due to their own error. Don Quixote is a hero who lives his life acting like a knight, a...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 7:47 pm UTC

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Whether or not Don Quixote is the first modern novel is debatable, but proponents of this notion argue their case with the following considerations: Don Quixote is a work of literature that...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 2:22 pm UTC

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The conclusion of Cervantes' Don Quixote, for all of its ostensible solemnity, is as satirical as the rest of the novel. The copious language indicating a return to sanity and the renunciation of...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 9:14 pm UTC

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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....

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 4:49 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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The title character in the Miguel de Cervantes novel Don Quixote is a man who chooses to see the world through the lens of his ideals rather than settle for the mundane reality of country life. Don...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 3:52 am UTC

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On almost every scale that others have applied to him, Quixote measures up as idealist. His very name has become synonymous with idealism, and even his delusional behavior of tilting at windmills...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 5:00 pm UTC

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Cervantes’s novel Don Quixote reflects both a humorous and a satirical approach to its subject matter. Admittedly, it is a satire on chivalric romance. In fact, the word satire in the sense of...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 7:51 pm UTC

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Alonso Quixano is a middle-aged (about 50 years old), low-born noble (hidalgo) from the arid, windswept region of La Mancha in central Spain (present-day Castile–La Mancha) who spends his time...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 7:58 pm UTC

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Having made the fateful decision to set off on his adventures as a knight-errant, Don Quixote now has to look the part; he has to put on the armor of a knight before venturing forth to do battle...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020 12:48 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 10:33 am UTC

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Well, I don't see how it's possible, when looking at Don Quixote in context of .. well ... the text, to see him as a noble idealist. The dear man was a bit daft. He was obsessed, in his isolation,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 2:57 pm UTC

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Don Quixote explains to Sancho that the windmills he thought were giants really were giants; he says that Friston turned them into windmills to prevent him from getting the glory of killing them....

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018 6:24 am UTC

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Ok- I believe you are referring to the main character. His name, El Licenciado Alonso Quijano de La Mancha, (the attorney Alonso Quixano from La Mancha) changed his name to Don Quijote de La...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 10:59 am UTC

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I can think of several examples of the theme of love in Don Quixote. In the very first chapter, when Don Quixote decides to undertake his quest and become a knight like the ones he has so admired...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018 4:55 pm UTC

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We are told that all the books of knightly and courtly adventure Don Quixote reads have turned his mind and have, in fact, made him a bit crazy. (Whether or not Quixote truly is insane is one of...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

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The character of Don Quixote is complex, but is easily understood by the concepts of Chivalry, which are the direct cause of his insanity and subsequent actions. Don Quixote reads extensively in...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011 1:55 am UTC

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Don Quixote and Sancho Panza leave La Mancha because Don Quixote has read chivalric romances that make him want to right all the wrongs in the world. As Cervantes writes: In short, his wits being...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018 1:13 pm UTC

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Don Quixote's (really Alonso Quijano's) occupation is not named. He is simply a "gentleman" from La Mancha (in the Dedication he is first called "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of la Mancha")...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2010 10:39 pm UTC

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Don Quijote de La Mancha is a parody based on historical fiction and stories of chivalry which are very inherent to the 16th century in both Spain and most of Europe. The mockery of historical...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 5:28 am UTC

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In chapter one of Don Quixote, Quixote, in order to begin his quest to seek honor and glory as a knight, attempts to repair his great grandfather’s armor. The armor is very old, rust-eaten, and...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 3:14 pm UTC

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Don Quixote and Alonso Quijana are the same person. Don Quixote started life as Alonso Quijana, and Sancho and his wife were Quijana's loyal servants. Quijana is a typical gentleman of his time and...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 5:39 pm UTC

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I tend to read the theme of this book along rather specific lines: participating in popular fads is equivalent to living in a dream world. The young lovers are inauthentic, just as Don Quixote is...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012 6:16 pm UTC

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The main themes in the novel and primarily in Chapter X are metafiction and metatheater. Metafiction, according to Patricia Waugh, is: fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010 6:33 am UTC

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Don Quixote spent much of his time reading romances about the feats of noble knights doing good, and protecting the vulnerable. These highly idealized, unrealistic stories presented the world as...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 1:04 pm UTC

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One meaningful story that comes to mind occurs when Don Quixote comes upon a landowner beating his servant. Quixote intervenes, meaning to do good. He compels the man to stop the beating. However,...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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It is difficult to say who Cervantes influences were because much of the literature that influenced him was anonymous. He was probably familiar with many of the Medieval legends and tales...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2008 1:12 pm UTC

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In this very famous scene, which has been immortalized by phrases such as "tilting a windmills" and in art by Pablo Picasso, Don Quixote mistakes some windmills for giants and, in true knightly...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2009 10:18 am UTC

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As we might expect, the outcome of this encounter is not one that Don Quixote had bargained for. When the Don sees some prisoners in chains on their way to the ships to be used as galley-slaves,...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 10:15 am UTC

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I don't think that Sancho believed in Quixote's dreams as much as Quixote did, but there is some level of adherence to Quixote's notion of reality. When Quixote sees monsters, Sancho sees them as...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2011 11:52 am UTC

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Don Quixote has spent so much time reading courtly romances about knights and their ladies that it has addled the middle-aged man's mind, and, we are told, made him crazy. Whether or not he really...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

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In part I2 when Sancho Panza becomes governor of the island, Quixote gives him some advice about humility. Sancho is concerned, now that his dream is becoming a reality, about his lower-class birth...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2021 12:12 pm UTC

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The ability to dream is a powerful and almost universal concept. Cervantes' work makes this its central premise or idea and this might be a reason why the work has endured over time. Quixote is a...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2010 8:08 pm UTC

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The perception of reality is actually the mockery that Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra intended to emphasize in the story of Don Quixote. This is a quite tri-dimensional story, almost magical, which...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2010 9:59 am UTC

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I think that Quixote was ahead of his time in articulating the need for dreams in the individual subconsciousness. Quixote is driven by the need to be a knight. It is a dream, a pursuit, embedded...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2011 1:13 am UTC

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The second question is critical to answering the first one. I think that some level of discussion has to be established on whether Quixote is pretending to be mad in order to avoid a particular...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2014 5:57 pm UTC

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In this famous scene, which spawned the phrase "tilting at windmills" to describe an action that is an exercise in futility, Don Quixote believes he is doing his duty as a knight by taking on the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 4:38 pm UTC

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Don Quixote asserts that chivalry and romantic love are the unrealistic ideals of romance novels. They may make entertaining reading in a book but they don't translate into real life. Don Quixote...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 1:08 pm UTC

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There is considerable supporting evidence. Don Quixote has many rejoinders on the occasions when he finds his sanity challenged. Speaking of the “fool” character in a man, he points out, “the man...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 9:49 pm UTC

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Don Quixote leaves his comfortable home to pursue a great romantic dream. He has lost touch with reality and fallen under the illusion that he is, in fact, a knight-errant of bygone days. His...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2011 9:03 am UTC

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In the story, Don Quixote is really the alter ego of Senor Quijada. For his part, Senor Quijada is a middle-aged gentleman who lives an average life. In his spare time, he obsessively devours...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 8:13 pm UTC

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You should be able to get many different responses to this question in contrasting both heroes and their quests. I would say that the primary level of comparison between both is that they both...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 1:52 pm UTC

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Metafiction is fiction that reminds the reader of being inside a fictional universe. Cervantes does this by constantly juxtaposing the gritty reality of life in Spain against Don Quixote's desire...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2020 7:40 pm UTC

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Don Quixote tells the story of a character whose mission is to return chivalry to the world. The main character of the book is portrayed as clumsy and delusional and he often fails (comically) in...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2016 6:26 am UTC

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The opening scene of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, Don Quixote, invokes the generic conventions of the mock-epic by replicating traditional epic openings, albeit figured parodically. The prologue...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 5:55 am UTC

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I think that you can find different answers or approaches to this question. I am going to throw my hat in the ring by suggesting that Quixote is not entirely a defender of Christianity. I am not...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2011 6:11 pm UTC

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