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 combines genres, and this multi-faceted approach to storytelling makes it the first modern novel. Cervantes brings together elements of tragedy and comedy, epic and picaresque, the pastoral and the love story in Don Quixote. Up until this point, some scholars argue, works of literature individually fell into one literary category, and Don Quixote is the first to defy such easy categorization.
Don Quixote is such an original work, made up of a combination of literary characteristics, and this originality makes it the first modern novel. According to some scholars, Don Quixote is not pure in its existence as a literary work of art; it does not have the linear narrative and careful plotting, for example, that defines modern standards of excellence. Instead, Cervantes explores cross-over techniques that lent the...
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