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Don Quixote - Literary Elements
Transcript of Don Quixote - Literary Elements
of Don Quixote Don Quixote ~ Pablo Picasso The End of Don Quixote All adventures must end. The End Image References Allusion Cervantes regularly makes mention of other Knight stories, fitting in with Quixote's belief that he himself is a true knight. Example: Pg 119 "When the Knight of the Sun had been caught in a trap," Conflict Much of the story contains conflict between Don Quixote, with his silly idealistic images of the world and knight-errantry, and the rest of the world. Example: An example situation would be where Don Quixote attacks some priests. "Those black figures over there must be and no doubt are enchanters abducting a princess in that coach" while, as Sancho says, "those there are Benedictine Friars." pg 67 Hyperbole Panza sometimes says these. Many of Quixote's stories contain these as well. Example: "If it were not for the might she infuses into my arm, I would not have the strength to kill a flea." Pg 276 It is unlikely he would not be able to kill a flea, but it could make sense that he wouldn't be as strong.. Imagery Example: "the darkness of this night, it's unearthly silence, the confused and muffled hubbub of the trees, the fearsome roar of the water that we have come to seek and seems to crash down from the heights of the Mountains of the Moon." Pg 154 Irony Quixote regularly tries to be a hero and ends up causing even more trouble. Example: Don Quixote does many terrible things throughout the story as an attempt to be a hero, such as attacking friars he believes to be enchanters (pg 67), releasing convicts from a chain gang as he believes no one should be chained (pg 176), and attacking villagers on a parade under the impression they are kidnappers (pg 469). Simile Example: "I'll come back through the air like a sorcerer with your honeyed answer" Pg 213 Symbolism Quixote regularly uses the idea of his somewhat weathered face as a symbol, referencing it in various locations throughout the story to represent him. Example: "they'll call you the Knight of the Sorry Face straight away." Pg 152 Personification In an interesting meta-occurance of this, Quixote himself sees Windmills as giants. Example: "Those are giants that you see over there... with long arms: there are giants with arms almost six miles long" pg 62 Metaphor Example: "If I were in your grip, that of some fierce lion" pg 253
In this case, it is a metaphor as his grip is being described as that of a lion's. http://www.williamoellers.com/Sold/Don_Quixote.jpg Example: A single quote cannot do this properly. However, Sancho recognizes things that Quixote does not in his madness ("What you were attacking wasn't armies, it was flocks of sheep!" pg 143) yet honestly believes his master will give him an island repeatedly throughout the story. ("I'd be better for it rather than the opposite" pg 165) Archetype While Quixote himself is not a standard archetype, his squire Sancho Panza makes a good variation on the "simple and dumb, but has common sense" archetype. http://www.online-spanisch.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/donquijote.jpg http://www.oocities.org/es/alcazarcervantino/imagenes/donquijote.gif http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/20/Don_Quijote_and_Sancho_Panza.jpg/200px-Don_Quijote_and_Sancho_Panza.jpg http://blog.schockwellenreiter.de/images/don2.gif http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/Bronze_statues_of_Don_Quixote_and_Sancho_Panza.jpg http://www.scottgustafson.com/Images/Portfolio/Classics/full_images/Don_Quixote.png http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5BfZg2C7drk/T14v2uzoMMI/AAAAAAAAHdw/h4z3UR5M3oU/s1600/1-don-quixote-kevin-middleton.jpg http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2010winter/images/Honore-Daumier-Don-Quixote.jpg http://psychometamorphosis.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/193080_1180812449_large.jpg