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Don Quixote: Allusions in literature

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Don Quixote: The Allusion
Quixote is the main character in Cervantes' novel whose life is transformed after reading so many "medieval romance stories." He takes on the role of a knight who attempts to right all wrongs of the world before him. Throughout the novel, Quixote is deeply affected by his madness to save the world for his love, Dulcinea. Even when he begins to distinguish between reality and what's in his head, he still attempts to do what he can to rid the world of all its wrongs. He is a character who is so absorbed with chivalry that he does not understand the negative effects of what he does.
Don Quixote: Allusions in literature

Don Quixote is a Spanish novel written by Miguel de Cervantes in 1615. Don Quixote is a common literature allusion used to symbolize a few different things.
Don Quixote and his traveling companion on their return home
Common Literary Allusions to Don Quixote
What the Don Represents:
Someone who wants people to realize what they've abandoned: chivalry
A person deeply affected by a fictional story; fiction provides an outlet for those with mediocre lives
The olden days: he is chivalric, heroic, and noble but he is also out-of-date and irrelevant
An idealist: he is guided more by his impractical fictional stories than reality
Quixotism
Originating in the days of the novel,
Don Quixote
, quixotism is the impracticality of idealism. It can be referred to as "over-idealism," where consequences are not taken into account. Someone who acts on impulse is often referred to as "quixotic." The romantic idea of situations is what most affects someone who is quixotic.
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