Why is Don Quixote (Book 1) viewed as a comedy by some people? Use references, and explain.
I think that Quixote can be seen as a comic figure to a great extent because of how he views himself. In the first part of the book, Quixote really sees himself as worthy of a knight's pursuit and motivation. There is little equivocation or ambivalence in what he is doing and how he perceives it. He believes himself to be a knight of the highest order, believes Sancho to be his squire, and pursues in this matter. In this light, I don't think that there is any hesitation and within this, there is a comic or unifying essence to Quixote. When we use "comedy," I think that we are not necessarily allowing this to be a vision of humor as much as a vision that unifies and synthesizes reality into a vision of totality. There is little fragmentation in Quixote's narrative, and for this, it is a comic vision, akin to Dante's Paradiso as a type of resolution for consciousness.