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Transcript of Don Quixote
The Second Part of Don Quixote
In Barcelona, the knight of the white moon vanquishes Don Quixote. In the end Don Quixote gives up all the ideals of chivalry he followed and he later died from fever (SparkNotes).
Miguel de Cervantes
Books and Manuscripts- represent the importance and affect of fiction and literature in everyday life
Horses- represent placement throughout the novel and often denote the character's class worth
Inns- this is the place were social classes are no longer segregated ad it symbolizes rest and food and also corruption and greed (SparkNotes).
Systems of Morality- Only Sancho, with personal desires and basic perception of morality can deal with Don Quixote and the rest of the world.
Distinction between class and worth- The contrast between the Duke and the Duchess's carelessness and Sancho's anxiety show the problem of class and worth. Sancho is thoughtful and smart where as the Duke and Duchess are mean and careless (SparkNotes).
Don Quixote is a middle aged man from La Mancha in Spain. He is obsessed with the ideals of chivalry that he has read about in books. He then chooses to defend the helpless and destroy those he considers wicked. His first adventure failed. For his second adventure he brings along a laborer named Sancho Panza, his sidekick (SparkNotes).
Miguel de Cervantes was born in 1547 to a poor Spanish doctor. At twenty-one he joined the army. In 1575, he was kidnapped by pirates then sold as a slave to the Moors. In 1580, he was returned to Spain (SparkNotes).
In 1605, Cervantes achieved financial success and fame, with the publication of the first volume of
was a success. The second volume was published in 1615. Cervantes died later that year. Much of
elements come from Cervantes's life, such as :
Algerian pirates being on the Spanish coast.
The exile of the enemy Moors.
The frustrated prisoners whose failed escapes cost them their lives.
The battles that showed Spanish courage in the face of defeat.
The ruler of Algiers (SparkNotes).
Cervantes's Writing Career
He tells Sancho he will make him a rich governor of an island. Don Quixote and his horse, Rouante, searching Spain for glory and adventure. Don Quixote gives up food, shelter and comfort for Dulcinea del Toboso, who he sees as a princess.
He becomes somewhat of bandit. He steals from and hurts the people who he sees as threats to his knighthood. Sancho often beared the punishments that came from Don Quixote's actions. Sancho tries to fix his master's outrageous fantasies. His second adventure ends with Don Quixote's friends, the priest and the banker, taking him home (SparkNotes).
Honor- His obsession with honor leads him to battle people who never mean him harm.
Romance- His devotion to Dulcinea mocks love by making him idolize a woman he has never seen.
Literature- No matter the intentions may be the writer can never tell the whole truth. Literature remains a big part of the novel, guiding the lives of the characters (SparkNotes).
SparkNotes Editors. "SparkNotes on Don Quixote." SparkNotes LLC. 2003. Web. 8. Dec. 2013