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In this article, the writer discusses the long novel 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The writer notes that Saavedra tells the story of a country gentleman in Spain, Alonso Quixano, who loses himself in romantic novels of knights-errant and roamed the countryside helping those who couldn't help themselves, administering personal justice when they find someone has been wronged. The writer points out that the entire book is based on illusions built up in layers, as some people Don Quixote knows or meets decide to go along with his delusional ideas. The writer concludes that the real nature of Don Quixote's illusion is that he wants the world to be a better place than it really is. The writer explains that rather than work within reality to try to make the world a better place, he makes up a world that actually only exists in books, and tries to force the rest of the world to conform to his chivalric standards.
From the Paper:"One of the most famous examples of how Don Quixote redefines what he sees around him is when he comes upon a field of windmills in Chapter VIII. While it is clear to Sancho, who is playing the part of the "knight's" squire for his own reasons, that the objects they see are merely windmills, Don Quixote sees a field full of evil giants. Shouting that he is only one while they are many, he lowers his lance and charges toward the "giants." The lance gets caught in a windmill blade, and both Don Quixote and his horse are sent flying. Don Quixote insists afterwards that an evil enchanter turned the giants into windmills at the last moment to make Don Quixote look foolish."
Sample of Sources Used:
- de Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel. Don Quixote, at The Literature Network. Accessed via the Internet 5/2/06. <http://www.online-literature.com/cervantes/don_quixote/>
- Greenberg, Martin. 2004. "In search of Don Quixote." New Criterion, October.
- Vargas Llosa, Mario. 2005. "A novel for the twenty-first century(Don Quixote de La Mancha novel)." Harvard Review, June.
Cite this Book Review:
'Don Quixote' (2007, February 12) Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/don-quixote-92068/
"'Don Quixote'" 12 February 2007. Web. 28 February. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/don-quixote-92068/>