Three Hundred Eighty Seven

1122 WordsJun 17, 20185 Pages
So much can happen over a period of 387 years. To name a few, the United States became a country, trains were invented, cars were invented, airplanes were invented, and the world experienced two world wars. Also during this period two people were born; Miguel de Cervantes and Luisa Valenzuela. Born in 1547, Cervantes would grow up to write one of the most renowned books of his time, Don Quixote. Don Quixote was first published in 1605 during the Renaissance. It is the story of Don Quixote de La Mancha, who is an average middle class, middle age man. Unlike most men of the Renaissance, Don Quixote still believes in Middle Age ideals, specifically chivalry. The book goes on to discuss Don Quixote’s ridiculous quest to become a knight errant…show more content…
On the other hand, Don Quixote is ridiculed for trying to be chivalrous in after the rest of the world has moved on to the Renaissance. They are similar because both characters lose their way or are forced off the path they need to be on. Lastly, these “heroes” are similar because both dedicate their quests to women. For Juan, he is trying to stop his letter to protect Mariana, his love. Don Quixote dedicates his efforts to a peasant. Throughout the course of both texts, the male figures lose sight of the women they dedicated their lives to, showing how little they actually cared for these women and how they simply wanted the associated glory. Clearly, the time between “The Censors” and Don Quixote didn’t affect Valenzuela or Cervantes view of “heroes”. Although he was heroic, his peers disagreed. Lastly, “The Censors” and Don Quixote are similar in the way they use satirical styles to mock their situations. Both Valenzuela and Cervantes use the satire as a way to try to end a certain way of life and bring about another. Valenzuela attempted to end the brutal dictatorship, while Cervantes tried to end the Middle ages and bring the Renaissance into the light. The initial point that the authors argue is about the welfare of people. In “The Censors” this is seen specifically when Juan is in Section K, “where envelops are very carefully screened for explosives” (Valenzuela 966). On Juan’s third day in
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