"Don Quixote" Analytical Essay by Calwriter

"Don Quixote"
This paper analyzes the question of Don Quixote's 'madness' in "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes as a process of choice rather than an involuntary submission to psychosis.
# 55836 | 1,610 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 06, 2005 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Spanish)

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The paper explains that when Don Quixote's nature as a daydreamer rather than madman is accepted, the story becomes all the more tragic because, in this case, the main character chooses fantasy in order to escape what he finds unacceptable in reality. The author points out that, politically, the novel warns against an over-idealization of political and philosophical systems of the past; refusing to adjust to the reality of the world tends to destroy rather than uplift. The paper relates that, despite the fact that Cervantes suggests madness, the way in which Don Quixote goes about being 'mad' suggests organization and intelligence, whereas, madness suggests chaos.

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