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 in the stories he reads, one of the first things he realizes he must do is look for love.
“So then, his armour being furbished, his morion turned into a helmet, his hack christened, and he himself confirmed, he came to the conclusion that nothing more was needed now but to look out for a lady to be in love with; for a knight-errant without love was like a tree without leaves or fruit, or a body without a soul.”
In this quote, we can see that Don Quixote’s desire for love stems more from his desire to be a knight-errant and to uphold romantic ideals of the past than from any organic desire for romance. Love is part and parcel to the role he plans to play.
Eventually, his desire for love is fulfilled in Dulcinea, a common village woman who, in Don Quixote’s overactive imagination, is...
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