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Through an analysis of Miguel De Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote", whose main character Don Quixote de la Mancha is well-known for his insanity and peculiar dealings, this paper investigates the idea of multiple realities among people being the norm; as an alternative to one collective reality. The paper examines how Cervantes uses Don Quixote to challenge many of supposedly understood ideals of the time, many of which still apply today and how Don Quixote is considered "mad" because of his creation of a faux-reality that he, very pragmatically, chooses to live in.
From the Paper:"The horrors of slavery has been cleverly justified away over and over again because the reality of it is simply too hard to digest. Therefore, alternate realities have been created to make up for the obvious moral discrepancy. Similar to this, Don Quixote, unable to digest the circumstances of the world, cleverly blames these discrepancies on "enchantments". Perhaps he was slightly delusional, but not insane. He wants to live a heroic existence, and elevate humanity. He dreams of a world drenched in courage, strength, courtesy, beauty. He is living his life the way he wants to, even though he is fully aware that he is being judged and mocked, and labeled "insane". This is not insanity, this is valiant. Don Quixote's insanity is, in part, a form of higher wisdom; in his madness, he sees the poor and humble people as noble and elevated. He challenges the wealthy and the powerful, often calling them monsters and villains. With his high principles and deep, genuine desire for a better world, Don Quixote mirrors Christ and criticizes a world that lacks a convincing moral center."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. Don Quixote. Trans. Edith Grossman. New York: Eco, 2005.
- Holmes, Theodore. "Don Quixote and Modern Man." The Sewanee Review 78.1 (1970): 40-59. Jstor. Web. Feb 2012.
- Kallen, Horace M. "The Meaning of Tragedy in the Freedom of Man." The Journal of Philosophy 55.18 (1958): 772-780. Jstor. Web. 13 Feb 2012.
- Kallendorf, Hilaire. "The Diabolical Adventures of Don Quixote, or Self-Exorcism and the Rise of the Novel." Renaissance Quarterly 55.1 (2002): 192-223. Jstor. Web. 24 Jan 2012.
- Krabbenhoft, Kenneth. "Uses of Madness in Cervantes and Philip K. Dick." Science Fiction Studies. 27.2 (2000): 216-233. Jstor. Web. 13 Feb 2012.
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