The Ego And Ill Advised Endeavors : The Antics Of Cervantes ' Don Quixote

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The Alter Ego and Ill-Advised Endeavors: The Antics of Cervantes’ Don Quixote Over the course of this semester, students of World Masterpieces by Amanda Drake have learned about “othering” and anti-heroism. Many of the central characters in the stories and plays that were assigned, exemplified anti heroism and othering. Anti-Heroes, by definition, are typically main characters of a story, play or movie, which lack classic “heroic” traits. Due to these characters lacking heroic traits, they are othered by society and peers, making these characters outcasts. One specific example of othering and anti-heroism is Don Quixote in Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is an older man who strives for nobility and knighthood; but his foolish, yet relentless efforts cause him to become a laughing matter amongst the people of Spain. Don Quixote’s silly antics and attempt at nobility are confirmation of a greater madness. Madness can be a result of many things; desire, selfishness, old age and etcetera. The madness that resonates within Quixote is a derivative of all of these things. One of the many possible reasons for Quixote’s madness, could be old age. As people age, so do their minds. Don Quixote could possibly be suffering from delirium. Symptoms of delirium include “an acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech.” (Google
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