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Posts by Benjamin Springer

Benjamin’s blog post 11: An end...

Benjamin’s blog post 11: An end to a really long book

This semester, the first of (hopefully) eight supplied me new incite on a book that is older than the country which I was born and many say is the first modern novel. I did not know what to expect of this course but it has set a high bar for teaching and learning.  Looking at […]

Benjamin Blog post 10: Sancho’s...

Benjamin Blog post 10: Sancho’s rejection to imagination

Don Quixote, the book, and the character himself have the main theme of imagination. Everything around, inside, outside, beside and blindside has been in the eyes of the man who interprets what he sees as what he imagines it to be. First volume Sancho has the opposite spectrum of imagination. Sancho looks at something and […]

Benjamin’s blog post 9: Lost in...

Benjamin’s blog post 9: Lost in la Mancha

Sancho is seen as two different men in two different volumes in Don Quixote, however, Don Quixote also changes a lot in the two volumes. Volume one Don Quixote causes most of the problems while second volume Don Quixote receives them, and this understanding of the seemingly different men will help us learn more about […]

Benjamin Blog Post 8: Sancho’s ...

Benjamin Blog Post 8: Sancho’s unwillingness to leave

This is a topic I’ve discussed a lot, especially in my last blog post, and it’s has to do with Don Quixote giving Sancho something he couldn’t by himself (and the fact that Sancho thinks he still going to get a govern ship to an island), but that’s just the positives. What about all the […]

Benjamin Blog Post 7: Don QuixoteR...

Benjamin Blog Post 7: Don Quixote’s and Sancho’s point of view of Camacho’s wedding

In Don Quixote’s time, weddings were the prime time of today’s entertainment. The wedding itself would last up to a week of celebration. Marriage for the rich was very different from the poor. Wealthy people married wealthy people, and their spouse was usually chosen by the parents. The poor had more options, choosing love over […]

Benjamin’s Blogpost 5: A final ...

Benjamin’s Blogpost 5: A final word on insults and a bit on compliments

There are a lot of insults in Don Quixote, most of them said by Don Quixote to Sancho. But what is the reason behind all the insults? One reason in my opinion is that the book Don Quixote is a comedy, and Cervantes uses constant insults to add humor. Another might be to show how […]

Benjamin Blog post 4: Is Don Quixote ...

Benjamin Blog post 4: Is Don Quixote hated?

Don Quixote is not liked much in his “community”. He has caused more trouble in three days than the rest did in their lives combined. His actions have also physically hurt him, Sancho, and his horse Rocinante. No one likes Don Quixote, but does any hate him? Before we look to see if any hates […]

Benjamin’s blog 3: Don Quixote:...

Benjamin’s blog 3: Don Quixote: hero, villain, both… neither?

As I said in my first blog (Benjamin’s blog 1) Don Quixote (The person) has some negative aspects. But I failed to realize that I was only taking into account the negative aspects. You can’y just ignore the good and only see the bad, but now we see the whole picture of Don Quixote and […]

Benjamin’s blog 2: What does Do...

Benjamin’s blog 2: What does Don Quixote want?

“Everybody’s looking for something.” –  Sweet Dreams, Eurythimics. But what does Don Quixote want? Fame, money, beauteous ladies? Don Quixote has a very different motivation from the average person. Then again, Don Quixote is not your average knight in any category: he’s living two hundred years after the time of knights and chivalry, he’s way […]