Don Quixote De La Mancha Thematic Analysis And Overview

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“Don Quixote de la Mancha: Thematic Analysis and Overview”

Every so often, a book is written that captures more than just ideas, but finds itself a cross-section of an entire society. Books like Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, or Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Don Quixote de La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes is one such book that serves to not only entertain, but show us a portrait of 16th century Spanish life and spark debate in philosophy, politics, and a plethora of other fields.
Miguel de Cervantes was born of a noble family in Spain in 1547. Little is known about his childhood and his education but he joined the Spanish army when he was... View More »

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It would be near impossible to construct a summary of Don Quixote that is both complete and of high-quality, but is brief enough to meet our needs; hence, I find it necessary to forego a complete summary and will instead describe what has happened in the direct vicinity of the quotes mentioned. Fortunately, our first quote is found quite early in the book, so I am able to justify a cursory explanation of our hero’s beginnings. Miguel begins by describing a well-off, single gentleman, well-dressed, and fond of hunting. His name is Quixana and when he is not hunting, he enjoys reading books about the chivalrous knights-errant. This hobby then became an obsession, as Miguel writes, “In resolution, he plunged himself so deeply in his reading of these books, as he spent many times in the lecture of them whole days and knights; and in the end, through his little sleep and much reading, he dried up his brains in such a sort as he lost wholly his judgement,” (19). Quixana then decides that he will become a knight and begins various preparations, such as changing his name to Don Quixote and his horse’s name to Rozinante, and then sallies forth out of Mancha in search of adventure which he will find in abundance.
Our first quote demonstrates our tendency as human being to believe that whichever principles we believe are the correct ones and that what we see as unpleasant we also see as wrong. Quixote encounters a man whipping his servant boy tied to a tree. Being the chivalrous knight that he is, Don Quixote is appalled and warns the man that he should stop if he values ...

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