The Don Quixote By Miguel De Cervantes Essay

1338 WordsMay 20, 20166 Pages
The Don Quixote we know today, has changed a numerous amount of times. Not because of someone wanting to alter it, but the simple fact of Gadamer’s fusion of horizons. It’s simple, fusion of horizons is when one translates text from one language to another. The texts do not directly translate, so the translator will explain the text in a similar form. Because texts do not directly align, and translate, a new meaning can be formed. Thus is Gadamer’s fusion of horizons. Because of Gadamer’s fusion of horizons, Cervantes’ meanings could be completely different than what was intended. Many readers now believe Cervantes wrote Don Quixote in the form of a satire. During the Middle Ages, medieval romances were popular among popular among aristocrats from the start of Early Modern Europe. However, in the 1600s, these stories of chivalry and knighthood were no longer popular. In The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, author Miguel de Cervantes attempts to satirize the medieval romance through his character, Don Quixote. The tale tells the story of a man who loses his sanity out of his desire to become a real-life knight. This story was highly acclaimed for the time; even though it poked fun at the main character and medieval romances in general, it brought back the ideals of this genre. The legacy of Don Quixote continues with Joe Darion’s songs from the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha. However, in this musical, Don Quixote is portrayed in a very different way. The tones of
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