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Don Quixote Has Not Changed

Don Quixote Has Not Changed

Since the beginning of the novel, it has been obvious to the reader that Don Quixote is crazy. From the previous reading we had to do, I thought he was changing and starting to grow out of his delusional tendencies but from the last reading, I realized that he was back to his old self […]

The Inn and the Dream

The Inn and the Dream

Sharing the same death day is not the only thing Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare have in common. Though Cervantes and Shakespeare may or may not have crossed paths or chatted about their passion for written expression (which is unlikely since the two spoke different languages), both demonstrated a penchant for writing using comedy […]

Cervantes + Bots = Don Quixote?

Cervantes + Bots = Don Quixote?

This week in class we went over twitter bots. They are AI that can create sentences from whatever is imputed into their system. These bots put their own “spin” to the readings imputed, creating a new story with similar parts. They are essentially their own unique author. And this goes along with in class, us […]

Pointless Loyalty

Pointless Loyalty

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O133631/don-quixote-and-dorothea-oil-painting-leslie-charles-robert/ Loyalty is a big theme throughout Don Quixote. Sancho is loyal to Don Quixote, Don Quixote is loyal to Dulcinea, and Dorothea is loyal to Ferdinand. All of these examples of loyalty, though, have some kind of lie or deception buried in them. Sancho Panza started his journey off with Don Quixote because of […]

Gender: Inclusive Fluidity v. Outdate...

Throughout the novel, the idea of gender fluidity, specifically cross-dressing, is juxtaposed constantly with don Quixote’s rigid and traditional standards towards women. This contrast serves to emphasize don Quixote’s outdated behaviors and hint at his misogynistic nature. In the novel, Cervantes attempts to blur the boundary between both genders with many instances of men and women […]

A Drama Unfolds

A Drama Unfolds

“The instant the storyteller mentioned don Fernando, Cardenio’s face changed color and he broke into a sweat with such agitation….But Cardenio only sweated and remained still, staring at the peasant girl, suspecting who she was.” (Chapter 28) In the recent chapters, a drama has been unfolding slowly. Cardenio found out about what really happened with […]