The end to a great beginning. The adventures of Don Quixote have simmered and our hero has passed away, but his stories will not die with him. Don Quixote has taught the world to serve others and set aside personal gain while having fun doing so. This lesson was most seen throughout the first part of the knight errant where Don Quixote tries to save everyone and everything he sees in trouble and sees them as things related to knighthood such as the windmills, galley slaves, statue of The Virgin Mary, and the child being whipped.
Don Quixote wanted to be remembered in a way that his life “was not so bad that I should be remembered as a crazy man.” DQ just wanted to be loved for his journey and his valor in protecting the meek, saving the damsels in distress, and his bond with his partner, Sancho Panza. Sancho and DQ went a long way with many downfalls for the two. Sancho is consistently being screwed over by Don Quixote’s madness but sticks with him to get his island, but we noticed near the end of part 2 (especially after Sancho gives up his governorship) that Sancho seems to develop more sincere feelings towards Don instead of wanting something in return for his services.
I learned to never lose a friend just because they have bad ideas and not to hold a grudge on a friend if they don’t help you in a sticky situation. Sancho stays by DQ’s side as he dies and asks him to go on more adventures with him and to help disenchant Dulcinea because Sancho doesn’t want to give up his best friendship. Originally Sancho probably regretted going with Don Quixote and only did it for the promised island but Sancho learned he actually enjoyed DQ’s company. Don Quixote also had a few occasions where Sancho gets beat up, especially the scene where Sancho gets blanketed, and Sancho barely holds a grudge and eventually forgets the whole thing in order to maintain his friendship with Quixote.