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Don Quixote’s Legacy as a Heroic Dreamer

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote Having […]

Benjamin’s blog post 11: An end to a rea

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 […]

Don Quixote is Tired

Don Quixote is Tired

The end is here! After finishing the novel, I looked back to find that there were many reflections that could be made from Don Quixote. He was an old man with a huge dream to begin with. I believe that the whole novel led up to Don Quixote growing tired and ultimately passing away. Nearing […]

Of Bodily Autonomy/Integrity and Goodbye...

Of Bodily Autonomy/Integrity and Goodbyes

Controversial topics, even those that resonate contemporaneously, are not hard to find in the novel Don Quixote. However, I have found what could be the greatest scene depicting Cervantes’s views on bodily autonomy within the novel in these last set of chapters. This pulls at some very recent discussions on bodily autonomy that I’ve read lately, a […]

The Panzas

The Panzas Sancho has always been such a lovable character. I have always thought of him as a gullible, fat, little kid throughout this novel because Sancho has always seemed so innocent. Sancho has proven to be a loyal squire to Don Quixote. After all the time Sancho spent with Don Quixote, Sancho definitely learned to […]

Sancho FanPost

Sancho FanPost

Oxford dictionary defines leadership as, “The action of leading a group of people or an organization.” The key word that stands out to me in this definition is ACTION. Leaders are distinguished by the actions that they perform throughout their stay in power. Whatever those actions may be, negative or positive, they are what will […]

Of Cross-Dressing, Gender, and Patriarch...

Of Cross-Dressing, Gender, and Patriarchy

A semi-common motif within the novel Don Quixote is cross-dressing. It is, to my observation, not because the woman (most usually) identifies as a man or any number of non-binary genders, but because of the social constraints placed on women during the 17th century. Gender is a social construct, an ever evolving assumption that the differences […]