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Man of La Mancha: Don Quixote

Bumbling Fool or Heroic Knight?
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Michael Henriques

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of Man of La Mancha: Don Quixote

Bumbling Fool or Heroic Knight? Man of La Mancha: Don quixote Don Quixote is a heroic knight. Although he may come off as a bumbling fool, his innocent acts of chivalry, bravery, and courage represent him as a heroic figure. If you compare Don Quixote's life and actions to other important and influential people in history (such as Albert Einstein), you will notice that most people who made a difference were not always seen as sane. Introduction Don Quixote displays chivalry in many ways throughout the play which reinforce his heroic characteristics. A few examples that present him as a man of chivalry include; Don Quixote's Chivalry Along with his chivalry, Don Quixote displayed many acts of bravery in the play. These acts were shown when; Don quixote's Bravery Don Quixote's Courage A hero is “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities". Don Quixote in conclusion, was determined to save the world and stay true to his initial plan through his chivalry, bravery and courage. He was known to be a hero even with his acts of foolishness. Therefore, leaving him as a "different" hero and amusing compared to many others. Conclusion He encountered the windmill thinking it was a beast and tried to defeat it. Another one of the three main themes in this play is courage; courage which Don Quixote displayed when he; Chivalry Continued... At the end of the play when Don Quixote temporarily loses his memory, he still was chivalrous towards Aldonza.
Cervantes used chivalry in Don Quixote's character to ensure that the other characters saw chivalry as a sign of heroism and it could even make someone who seems crazy, more appealing to others. The way he stands up for Aldonza and idolizes her even when everyone else saw her as a prostitute with no self respect. Don Quixote always being kind to Aldonza, unlike all of the Muleteers and other characters in the play. Bravery Continued... He fought all the men with Aldonza in order to protect her from the Muleteers. He encountered danger and faced it, even as an old man. He tried to fight the Knight of Mirrors. Who he thought was the "enchanter". Remembered his story at the end of the play and kept believing he was a knight even when people would call him a fool. Faced the Knight of Mirrors. Expressed his feelings to Aldonza. Stuck to believing he was a knight when everyone was telling him that he was not and that Kinghts do not exist anymore. Class activity Discuss in a class debate, based on the information we have presented, whether you think Don Quixote is a bumbling fool or a heroic knight. Fill in the sheet given to you with the information from the debate. You can use this to study for future exams. Secondary Source 1)Don Quixote is a heroic figure because he is a dreamer who fights against odds and remains faithful to his noble goals

2) "A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities" 1)SOURCE: Allen, J. J Don Quixote. Hero or Fool Gainesville, Florida Part I 1969, Part II 1979 2) Byington, Erin Kim. Don Quixote: Forever a Hero, INetU Managed Hosting, 2000.
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