Questions and Answers for Don Quixote

Don Quixote

After the battle, how did Don Quixote account for the windmills?

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

Is there any symbolic meaning to the images of the windmills as in referencing economic and social issues that would...

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

What are some examples of idealism vs. realism in Don Quixote?

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

4 educator answers

Don Quixote

1. What is Don Quixote's armor made of? 2. Why do we continue to hold him up as a hero when he's clearly out of...

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Why is Don Quixote considered heroic if all he is doing is "tilting at windmills"?

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

Why is Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes considered the first modern novel? 

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

4 educator answers

Don Quixote

How does Don Quixote compare to the stereotypical knight?    

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

3 educator answers

Don Quixote

Is Don Quixote an idealist or a realist?

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

4 educator answers

Don Quixote

Why is Don Quixote viewed as a tragedy by some people? Explain, and use references.

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

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

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

What are the common THEMES throughout the novel 'Don Quixote de la Mancha'? I need to understand how these themes,...

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Where are examples on the theme of love in Don Quixote? How does the theme of love pertain to the mood or tone of Don...

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

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

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

3 educator answers

Don Quixote

In Don Quixote, how does the work fit into the category of satire?

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

4 educator answers

Don Quixote

How does Quixote explain losing the battle with the “giants”? What are these giants, and why can he not defeat them?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What is the significance of metafictional elements in Don Quixote?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What did Alanzo change his name to?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What kind of fiction is Cervantes' "Don Quixote"?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Meaning of Don Quixote in the 21st Century The character of Don Quixote is referenced often in today's world. He...

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

4 educator answers

Don Quixote

How does Sancho Panza show loyalty to his master, Don Quixote, and his friend Alonso Quijana?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Why do Don Quixote and Sancho need to leave La Mancha for their adventures to occur? How does the role of the journey...

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What is Don Quixote's motivation for fighting the giants?

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

Before Don Quixote decides to become a knight, what is his occupation?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

The theme and tone of Don Quixote What is the tone and theme of Don Quixote ?  do you think they can be applied to...

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

Why is Cervantes' Don Quixote considered heroic if all he is doing is "tilting at windmills?"

How we view Don Quixote depends a great deal on our attitude toward ideals. Many realists, for example, as the name implies, believe that ideals are interesting but largely not relevant to living...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2012 10:10 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What is the relationship between Morality and Don Quixote in the story?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What is humorous about Don Quixote's attempt to repair his great grandfather's armor?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

How does the way that other characters view Don Quixote affect the way his character develops? If the other...

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Did Sancho Panza really believe in Don Quixote's fantasies?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Why is the Windmill Scene (Chapter VIII) important/well-known?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Who was influenced Cervantes? Who were his contemporaries? Who was later influenced by him?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

In Don Quixote, regarding the parody of chivalry, what do Sancho Panza and Lady Dulcinea represent?

[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please post them separately.] In Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote, Sancho Panza...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 7:09 am UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Could you please give any type of evidence that shows Don Quixote is not insane?

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

Which parts of Don quixote do you find humorous but meaningful?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What effect did the reading of so many books on the adventures of knights have on Don Quixote?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What is significant about the knight’s lady love? Why does Quixote need to include her in his new reality?

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

2 educator answers

Don Quixote

What was the outcome of Don Quixote's meeting with the prisoners?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What are good research topics for Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

In Don Quixote, which passages support the idea that Don Quixote's romantic dream was destroyed?    

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

How is the digression, "Ill-Advised Curiosity" in the novel Don Quixote a symbol of true history?

It is important to consider what is meant by "true history." This digression is of course not an example of something that actually happened, and is yet another story that is insterted as something...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2013 12:27 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

How are the questions of narratorship and authorship approached in the two parts of Don Quixote?

The unique approaches concerning the narratorship and the authorship of the two parts of Don Quixote are mainly a result of the questions raised about the novel’s intriguing narrative technique,...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2020 1:46 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

In terms of the representation of gender, what does the treatment of women in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes say...

The Golden Age in Spain is the equivalent of the Renaissance in England. It spans, roughly, from the end of the fifteenth to the beginning of the seventeenth centuries and includes great art,...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2014 4:46 am UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Discuss the relationship between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Don Quixote.

The story's depicted relationship between both of them is one of leader and follower. Quixote as the leader has his trusty Sancho to help him in his endeavors. Sancho is shown to be round and...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2011 6:49 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What Is Don Quixote About?

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha or Don Quixote is a fictional novel written by famed Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. It was originally published in two parts; the first volume...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020 2:52 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Analyze the first ­­­­paragraph of the novel.  Who is telling the story and what does he think of Don Quixote? Don...

In his essay, "Cervantes as Narrator of Don Quixote, Howard Mancing states that one critic, Parr, attributes the voice of the narration to what he calls a "dramatized author." On the other hand,...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2010 9:49 am UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Is Don Quixote a defender or defiler of Christianity? Is Don Quixote a defender or defiler of Christianity?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

What is the significance of the opening scene from Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's novel, Don Quixote?

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

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

How does Cervantes's text Don Quixote incorporate biographical and historical information within the context of the...

In writing Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes draws on incidents from his own life, as well as facts about sixteenth-century Spain, to create his characters and develop the novel’s plot. Although the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 4:27 am UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

Alonso Quijana is swept away by the fictional stories in his library. What is the purpose of storytelling? To amuse?...

In the iconic tale, Senor Alonso Quijana may well have been Cervantes's alter ego, given the latter's own love of reading and adventure. Senor Quijana's obsession with the life of chivalry...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018 3:11 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Don Quixote

When was Don Quixote written?

Don Quixote was written by Miguel de Cervantes and originally published as two separate books that were later incorporated together as the novel modern readers know. The first part, introducing the...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020 11:37 am UTC

1 educator answer

Showing 1-50 of 91