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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

When the novel first began, Don Quixote had one goal: to become knighted. He hadn’t exactly devised a plan as to how he would achieve this goal, so he decided to simply play it by ear. He felt that if he did as many chivalrous acts as he possibly could, he would eventually do the […]

Does Cervantes believe in true love?

Does Cervantes believe in true love?

My main thought through reading these chapters is how strange Dorotea’s situation is.  First of all with everything that happened with Cardenio and Lucinda was very Romeo and Juliette like, when Cardenio said, “May your words, senora, be validated by your deeds.  If you have a dagger to affirm your honor, I have a sword […]

DIY Quixote

DIY Quixote

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better An important topic we discussed this week in class was authorship, whether we could actually write an original copy of Don Quixote ourselves, without transcribing it word for word from a previously written copy of the same book. We thought it was impossible, “How can you make […]

The Power of Don Quixote’s Fant...

The Power of Don Quixote’s Fantasy World

Don Quixote has continually been laughed at and looked down on because of his craziness but now it seems as though don Quixote’s fantasy world is colliding with reality and the characters that he interacts with are getting a small taste of what he experiences. The priest and the barber still try to “help” don […]

Don Quixote: Role Model?

Don Quixote: Role Model?

Chapters 27-35. What is a narrator? What is a narrative? Don Quixote is a narrator, and hell, does he have a narrative. Imagine living like don Quixote. Now that’s living. Right? They say you never remember the times you stayed inside studying, but you do remember the times you “shirked off” responsibilities to do something […]

The Art of Story Telling

Good or Evil, they decide. The art of story telling and be used for good or evil. In chapters 27-35 of Don Quixote, Cervantes uses the theme of story telling to essentially train the reader to question the validity of the story teller;  A very powerful tool, especially in the world we live in today. […]

Don Quixote’s Realizations/Chan...

Don Quixote’s Realizations/Changes

Stefan Wolfe Don Quixote’s Realizations/ Changes From what we have read so far, Don Quixote seems to be a very unaware man for the most part. His sidekick Sancho usually does all of the deciphering of what is happening in the real world and what is happening in Don Quixote’s mind. But, as we progress […]

Cervantes as an Author

In the most recent chapters read, there were several different short narratives told throughout. A question that came to mind was; Are most authors original, or just the great ones? Also, Is Cervantes an original author? First, the story of Cardenio, Ferdinand, Lucinda, and Dorothea is an example of an unoriginal story in my opinion. […]

La Mancha Adventures Continued

La Mancha Adventures Continued

In this most recent reading the advantageous duo of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza continue to never fail to amaze us. They start out by getting themselves in some trouble once again. One instance of this is when Quixote mistakes a cloud of dust for a battle going on. He stormed into the “battle” and […]