Last week, we read chapters forty six through fifty five. In those chapters, Sancho Panza lives his dream of being a governor and he takes car of problems with such wisdom and grace that only a true leader can give. Meanwhile, the duke and duchess’ pranks on don Quixote are getting more and more violent and are more capable of hurting somebody. Near the end of the reading, don Quixote and Sancho reconnect after one of them finds the other inside of a big hole. The reading almost felt like a winding down of the story of don Quixote, mostly because these are the chapters right before the end of the book and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.
One thing that we talked about in class is that don Quixote shows signs of being an excellent leader and shows us things we can learn from him in order to become better people. Although I agree with the lessons that don Quixote told Sancho, I don’t think he is a good leader. If he is such a great role model, why doesn’t he have more followers or people who support him? If he possesses such natural qualities and told Sancho to “be true to yourself” then why wasn’t he true to himself and drop the character of don Quixote and be who he really is without the facade of the fake man.