"Don Quixote" and "Othello": Failed Artists Comparison Essay by Nicky

"Don Quixote" and "Othello": Failed Artists
Analyzes the stories "Othello" by Shakespeare and "Don Quixote" by Cervantes and the nature of these romantic stories.
# 147991 | 1,054 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US

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Beginning with a comparison of the two pieces of fiction, this paper goes on to analyze the the romantic underlinings in each story. Focusing on the females in "Othello" by Shakespeare and Quixote in "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, it conceptualizes why the artists romanticize in any fashion. In concludes that an overly idealized and romanticized view of women is the inspiration for these tales.

From the Paper:

"No fiction leads to any positive ends throughout Shakespeare's tragedy. Othello first sees Desdemona as a kind of Dulcinea, an utterly pure and chaste being. Although she is no peasant girl like Quixote's Aldonza, she cannot live up to her husband's projected ideals. So she becomes a kind of whore in Othello's eyes, a prostitute worthy of death, because she is no longer 'perfect.' Their marriage is false, an imitation of a marriage, which seems more perfectly initially and then is shown to be based upon sand and fictions. Much as it is said in Don Quixote, ironically "All that you have to do is to make proper use of imitation in what you write, and the more perfect the imitation the better will your work be." Fictions and imitations, or stereotypes, are more potent than realities. It is very easy to be put under the spell of another person's fiction, if they seem to believe that fiction with enough fervor--even the practical Sancho Panza finds himself going along with Don Quixote, against his better judgment, even when the Don's actions result in more harm than good for the people whom he is trying to save."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2006.

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