Believe it or not, I was once a legendary knight-errant by the name of Don Quixote. I travelled across the Spanish province of La Mancha with my loyal squire, Sancho Panza, in search of adventures, beautiful ladies, and princesses to whom I can offer my knightly services. I was a bold and valiant knight. My greatest and most memorable adventure, perhaps, is my encounter with the giants of the plains of La Mancha who had thousand of arms. The battle which ensued was so glorious that whoever hears of it strangely accuses me of being a madman. However, after my forced retirement from being a knight-errant, I fell ill and during my last hour I realized that all my adventures were indeed hallucinations and my greatest adventure was simply a comical duel between I and windmills. A short while after dying as Don Quixote, I became Dr. John Watson, the most trusted friend and confidant of the great detective, …show more content…
It is the easiest and most effective way to acquire new information, radical ideas, useful concepts, entertaining stories, and noteworthy opinions. We can recall that Sir Francis Bacon, in his essay “Of Studies”, wrote something similar when he said that, “Reading maketh a full man,” By that he meant reading gives us a solid foundation in a world where one can only advance himself socially and economically when he has a wealth of knowledge and information at his disposal.
Yet I believe that the most beautiful thing about reading is that it develops and sharpens our imagination. It is because of this sole fact that I chose to devote my life to reading. When we read books, especially novels; the plot, characters, and settings, are all visualized within our heads. You may not realize it but as you read more books, and the more you use your imagination, the more precise and powerful your critical thinking skills become which gives you edge in the competitive
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The protagonist, Don Quixote's obsessive reading of books of chivalry plays a major role in defining his character; his inspiration for his travels as a knight errant comes from the literature about chivalry that he reads, the literature that causes him to lose his mind and go mad. Everything that he usually experiences in his journey, first happened in the books that inspired his travels. The character, Dulcinea’s role as Quixote’s lady-love becomes equivalent with the position a king might hold in a true and honorable knight’s life.
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are,” (Cooley). Throughout our lives, reading has impacted us in many ways. Often times books give people different perspectives on their lives. People with high stress levels often find comfort in reading books to take their mind off of their concerns. Sometimes, people just need to take a step back from their lives and relax for a while; therefore, reading is a great tool. In fact, all kinds of books have also helped me become a better writer. There are many different books that have impacted me over the years.
Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of Alonso Quixano, a retired elderly man who develops a fascination with chivalrous novels eventually become delusional, believing everything written to be true and currently going on in the Spanish country side where he lives (La Mancha). The novel itself contains a narration of Quixote’s adventures. These adventures are broken up into “Sally’s”. The first Sally feature Quixote’s first “quests”. After setting out early in the morning Quixote eventually wanders his way to an inn that he believes to be a castle, he asks the innkeeper who he believe to be a lord to dub him a knight. Have very little money Quixote’s spend the night in the stable with his horse, where he starts a fight with muleteers who are attempting to water their mules. Quixote’s take attempts to remove his gear from the trough as a threat and attacks the men. As a result the innkeeper tell Quixote’s to leave. Quixote’s next quest is that of “frees” a boy who is tied to a tree and being beaten by his master. After freeing the boy Quixote’s makes the master promise on a chivalric code to treat the boy fairly, upon leaving the beaten continues worse then it had previously been. His final quest is to defend the honor of his imagined lover, from traders he met on the road. After picking a fight with the traders Quixote’s is left badly wounded on the side of the road. He is found and
Technology has improved every day life to make it easier, to communicate with other people. Even though technology is beneficial to mankind, it also brings people farther away, and other disadvantages.With reading, we are able to not redo our bad mistakes. The Trojan horse has taught us to never assume things based on the appearance. Something that we would have not learned without critical reading and documents.
Hi Holly, reading for information shows students how to use their minds so they use suitable methods and actions to complete academic and employment tasks. In addition to this, it also teaches them how to understand and use suitable mannerisms and expressions during college and employment discussions and situations. Students that read for information learn how to follow and draw conclusions when they are discussing various topics with other people. Finally, reading for information encourages students to complete harder tasks and it also helps them prove their skills to teachers and
Taking a journey with your mind through the stories of reading a novel is a positive enhancement to proper brain function. In reference to the study of proper brain function and how reading a novel can improve the reader’s connectivity on a level of higher brain function; make myself think on my past neglect of not picking up a fiction book and exploring a novel for myself. Reading is the key to unlocking untapped potential in imagination with reading a book that challenges you to become one with the Arthur. The only way to truly free your mind and push the boundaries of proper brain function is to become an enthusiasm of reading fiction books.
As a reader I have learned that you do not have to always be interested in what you are reading, but be able to read it to your understanding. From an early age I have always loved reading, but as I grew up reading became harder for me, and the literature of the reading became less interesting to me.
When a merchant responds by asking to see her Quixote decides he’s had enough and charges at them. In a rather comedic sequence of events Rocianante trips and throws Quixote to the ground where he is beat mercilessly by the annoyed merchants. With Quixote lying on the ground unable to move, any questions regarding our noble knight’s sanity are laid to rest. Thus ends the first adventure and first five chapters of the novel, in which Quixotes’ ridiculousness is clearly Cervantes’ literary tool to mock chivalric romances. However, in the later chapters of the novel Cervantes expands Quixote’s depth by highlighting his one admirable trait; his faith. Quixote is foolish, but he is also so convinced of his valiant knight-errantry that he actually turns victorious on several occasions. In his Lectures on Don Quixote Vladimir Nabakov lists the 40 encounters that occur in the book and notes that there are 20 defeats that balance perfectly with 20 victories. Despite the Quixote’s delusional pursuits of the fantastical, this equal balance of defeats and victories proves that Cervantes intended Quixote to actually be a moderately heroic character. Thus, on the surface we see Quixote as a laughable character and a poor excuse for a knight, however by allowing him frequent success Cervantes lends merit to the fantasist spirit that our Man de la
There are many different theories on the best way to read, and there are just as many essays trying to explain those theories. Sven Birkerts and Emily Martin have both written essays explaining their theory of the most helpful way to understand. Birkerts, in his essay, write about horizontal and vertical reading, and how the best way to get something out of a text is to read it thoroughly many times to understand every piece of it. Martin, on the other hand, explains how knowledge can and should be related to one’s own life, and by doing so one is stimulated by the information and able to extrapolate wisdom from it. Throughout this essay, I will introduce two examples of understanding and applying knowledge, one dealing with retaining information and the other with one’s own beliefs.
When you read books and you read often, you obtain the ability to imagine what you are reading. You can picture any scene and hear what you think their voices sound like. You can smells and hear the things they describe. When you read a book it is like you are there with the characters in the story. When you are reading you become attached to the main character. When they cry, you cry. When they are angry, so are you. The character´s story becomes like another life.
Reading for pleasure allows your imagination to take over. Books expand our minds, and people who read often tend to have a very creative imagination. When you watch television the images are already created for you, but, when you read, you create the images using your imagination. The possibilities are endless when you use your imagination.
Reading allows me to explore and go on a journey, and take part of myself on that journey. I can relate with characters in books whether they are fictional or real. We all read for pleasure, to explore, even to share all the same feelings we all share reading the book, and feeling the same feelings the authors of the books went through themselves. This is what makes a book fun to read. That is what I think C.S. Lewis meant when he said “We read to know we’re not alone” because books let us feel the experiences others felt, and share the same thoughts and feelings as others around us.
Reading is one of the most beneficial activities a man can do. Out of reading, man can be able to discover new things, concepts, places and people. More so, reading is a way to relax our mind and soul, going deeply through the world of story and improves our thinking and internalization process.
Reading helps in mental development and is known to stimulate the muscles of the eyes and it is also an activity that involves greater levels of concentration and adds to the conversational skills of the reader.
There is then the serious reading undertaken for research and for satisfying one's longing for knowledge. It may be a subject of scientific significance, or a subject of historic or philosophic importance - varying according to the taste of the person. This kind of reading disciplines the mind and trains one for critical and original thinking. There is yet another kind of reading -reading for pleasure. Though serious reading is also a source of pleasure, reading which is devoted mainly to it differs in one respect. It grows upon one, it gives before demanding and it soothes and relieves tension and loneliness. The only kind of reading which neither stimulates thought nor provides knowledge is one which is approached negatively, with the simple motive of escape and of "killing" time.