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This paper examines how Cervantes uses the notion that it was Don Quixote's books that drove Don Quixote mad in the novel of the same name since at the time of the Inquisition and book-burnings were common. It looks at how Don Quixote made up fantastical stories to explain nearly everything he saw, from ordinary inns to ordinary women to ordinary windmills.
From the Paper:"Carrasco tries again, this time as the "Knight of the Full Moon." He approaches Don Quixote dressed in his barber's bowl for a helmet and his "suit of armor," and challenges him to a duel. Carrasco had no trouble figuring out how to fit into Quixote's delusion; all he had to do was read the books the Don had read. Carrasco challenges Quixote to the duel. The purpose of the duel is to determine whether the lady Carrasco honors or the lady Quixote honors is more beautiful. If Carrasco loses, he will acknowledge Dulcinea as the most beautiful and virtuous woman in all Christendom. However, if Quixote loses, he must return to his village, a beaten man."
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"Don Quixote" (2005, October 23) Retrieved May 08, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/don-quixote-61739/
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