A theme that really came up a lot in the chapters from 27 to 38 was madness. The first example I saw was in chapter 27, when the priest and the barber disguise themselves to try to bring Don Quxiote back as well as Cardenio. “So the innkeeper’s wife dressed the priest in a way that left nothing to be desired” (chapter 27, page 235) Although the priest thought it was dishonoring his dignity so he told the barber to be the girl. This represents madness because the two of them had to go to such an extreme measure to try to lure Don Quixote back to his village.
Another example is in the same chapter when Cardenio is telling the story of him and Luscinda. Luscinda says, according to Cardenio, “The traitorous Don Fernando and my greedy father and a few witnesses are waiting for me in the hall, but they’ll witness my death before they witness my marriage. Don’t be troubles my dear, but try to be present at this sacrifice, and if I can’t prevent itby my words, I have a hidden dagger that can stop that wicked intention by causing an end to my life and a beginning to your knowledge of the love that I’ve borne and still bear you.” (chapter 27 page 244) Luscinda was really going to kill herself because she didn’t want to be with don Fernando. Although there were many other options that’s the resort she wanted to take.
In chapter 28 there is another example of madness, when Dorotea wants to go find don Fernando. She is so upset when she finds out that don Fernando married, that she decides to dress up as a farm boy and “at least to ask don Fernando to tell me with what conscious he’d done it.” (chapter 28, page 261) She went to such an extreme of trying to find out what happened over some love for a man.
One big example that depicts the madness theme was the story about Lotario and Anselmo. I was surprised with the fact that Anslemo really wanted to test his wife, Camila, although she had never really done anything before. When Lotario first tried to seduce Camile she acted very modest and respectful towards her relationship. However Anslemo was not convinced and he insisted on try to get his wife to cheat. I thought it was just crazy how Anselmo just kept insisting even though his wife kept being true to their relationship. Then after he kept insiting he eventually got what he was asking for. In the end Lotario and Camila run away with each other and then everyone eventually dies. It’s crazy how eventually Lotario did seduce Camila and Anselmo died of grief.
One last example of madness I saw was in chapter 35. While the priest is telling the story of Lotario and Anselmo, Don Quixote disrupted by saying, “Stop, you thief, you brigand, you rogue! now that I have you where I want you, and your scimitar will do you no good!” (Chapter 35, page 337) Don Quixote’s chivalry imagination wasn’t only affecting him in the real world but it came to such an extreme that he began to sleepfight! His imagination was following him in his dreams!
I wasn’t very aware if this theme came up in the previous chapters but when I read these few chapters it really caught my attention.
During class his week, we had a special guest to talk about bots. He showed us what they were and the many different things bot can do. We then tried to create our own bots which my team and I had a little trouble with. But something he showed that I really like was the fact that he a twitter account that would tweet for him even though hi himself hadn’t even known what it was tweeting. I just gave the bot the topic of the 3 lines and gave it options to choose from and it tweeted the things based on his topic and it actually made sense. I never knew that was a thing until that day. I’m just amazed to the different things we can do know with the technology we have.