Identity. “The distinguishing character or personality of an individual” as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. An Identity is something that makes us who we are.
You are unique as well. Everyone is unique in their own way. If I had the chance to change my identity, I would not even try it. We are so caught up with trying to be someone we’re not to impress others or to try to “fit in” that we forget that no matter how hard we try there will always be people who won’t like us. However it’s the people that do like you for who you are that matter. As Oscar Wilde once said,
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”
However, in “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote had a different mindset as he began his adventure. First off his adventure began as soon as he started reading books about chivalry. He grew a passion for …
knights. As his passion grew large his grew with it. I believe Don Quixote’s new identity is actually quite funny. Even though he may look crazy I am amused by how his imagination takes over his true reality. I love how amazing anything is possible in your imagination. In chapter 1 the author, Cervantes says, “Having thus lost his understanding, he unluckily stumbled upon the oddest fancy that ever entered into a madman’s brain; for now he thought it convenient and necessary, as well for the increase of his own honor, as the service of the public, to turn knight-errant.” Cervantes explains how Don Quixote thought it was a public service to turn into a knight. He believes that he’s helping the people. It’s funny how he thinks turning into a knight will help people when actually people just look at him as a crazy man.
In chapter 1 Sancho says, “Sir… I dare say the knights who did these penances had some reason to be mad; but what need have you to be mad too?” Since Don Quixote has read that the knights in the book are hurting themselves, it’s only right for him to do the exact same thing. However Sancho thinks Don Quixote has gone mad just like the knights in the book. I find it funny that, the chivalry books are basically telling Don Quixote what to do in the real world.
“The canon stood amazed at Don Quixote’s methodical and orderly madness, in describing the adventure of the Knight of the Lake.” In chapter 4, Cervantes explains how amazed the people from the cathedral were that Don Quixote’s imagination was orderly and not in shambles. I thought it was awesome that even though Don Quixote’s imagination was crazy, it was an organized crazy.
Although I finding amusing that his wild imagination is making him do crazy things he is putting himself and others at risk for danger. There was an incident where Don Quixote actually hit a carrier because he thought he was touching his armor. He thought the hotel was some big castle while the innkeeper was the king and the prostitutes were princesses.
Therefore Don Quixote’s imagination gave me amusement. It was funny that the fact that Don Quixote’s “public service” was just seen as some crazy act by a crazy man. Although he did crazy things, his imagination also created dangerous events. For example when he hit the carrier and he put himself in danger as well.
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