Don Quixote

Don Quixote: Top Ten Quotes

Cervantes describes Quixotes growing obsession with knight-errantry, saying, “he so immersed himself in those romances that he spent whole days and nights over his books; and thus with little sleeping and much reading his brains dried up to such a degree that he lost the use of his reason” (Book 1, Part 1). Cervantes explains …

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Don Quixote: Theme Analysis

Cervantes theme throughout Don Quixote is quite consistent and straightforward.  Though Cervantes makes a thinly veiled attempt to keep his biography of the Don objective, the reader quickly realizes that Cervantes sides strongly with his lead character.  Despite the lengthy digressions and numerous episodic adventures, the theme of the novel is clear-the values of the …

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Don Quixote: Metaphor Analysis

Don Quixote: The Don almost always represents the idealistic.  His Lady Dulcinea, who he imagines to be a noble princess, his nag who he believes to be a noble steed, and the other figments of his imagination (windmills, etc.) further the ongoing metaphor for his madness.Sancho: Quixotes squire, on the other hand, usually symbolizes realism …

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Don Quixote: Character Profiles

Don Quixote de La Mancha: Cervantes protagonist and main character throughout the work, for which the book is named, travels throughout Spain, searching for adventures and opportunities to protect the defenseless and right the wronged.  Though for most of the book he mistakenly believes that he is helping those around him by his chivalrous deeds, …

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Don Quixote: Novel Summary: Book 2, Part 15-Book 2, Part 16

 Book 2, Part 15: Now returning to their native village, Don Quixote and Sancho begin discussing fate or providence versus free will.  The Don rejects Sanchos view of arbitrary fortune, attributing, instead, all earthly events to divine providence.  Finally, Quixote even offers to pay Sancho to flog himself.  Sancho agrees, but when the time comes …

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