Don Quixote Essay

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Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman of La Mancha who reads one too many books of chivalry and decides to become a knight. He polishes an old suit of armor, takes a mischievous peasant named Sancho Panza as his squire, and sets out into the world to do good deeds in the name of his ladylove, Dulcinea. To the dismay of friends from his village, he has dozens of hapless adventures: He rescues prisoners, defends the weak, and reunites old loves. He battles enemy knights and soldiers. His only problem is that he often gets things wrong, mistaking strangers for enemies, falling off his horse, and being beaten senseless by mule-drivers. He blames every setback on the magic of an evil enchanter he believes to be his nemesis. Everywhere he …show more content…
The knight is sometimes triumphant, as in the battle with the Knight of Mirrors, and sometimes ridiculous, helplessly trampled by cattle or pigs as the result of some misadventure. But in each of his exploits, he ignores social convention and remains faithful to his fantastic vision of the world. When he finally renounces chivalry on his deathbed, his once-skeptical friends beg him to reconsider, and even the practical Sancho Panza longs to resume their adventures. Though he is out of place and often ludicrous, Don Quixote's innate goodness and unwavering commitment to chivalry persuade those around him that his madness is profound.
Don Quixote is a classical tale of mythological proportions that entails feats of great courage and the search for a lost love through the mind of gentle yet madman whose adventures were often brought on by his own insanity to accomplish the impossible dream. The illusions of Don Quixote’s quest are much like the Greek stories of the gods and of there mythological creatures brought to challenge the purity of mortals who dare be more than ordinary. Don Quixote’s quest can be related to Homers the Odyssey in the way that Odysseus’ journey involves the quest to return home to his wife and during his quest he is faced with many challenges. Even though Quixote’s quest is true the actual mythological creatures and adventures are imagined through his extensive knowledge

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