Why is Don Quixote (Book 1) viewed as a comedy by some people? Use references, and explain.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.