Don Quixote: The Misadventures Of A Lunatic Essay

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Don Quixote: The Misadventures Of A Lunatic

In medieval times, knight-errants roamed the countryside of Europe, rescuing damsels and
vanquishing evil lords and enchanters. This may sound absurd to many people in this time,
but what if a person read so many books about these so-called knight-errants that he could
not determine the real from that which was read? Such is the case in The Adventures of Don
Quixote by Miguel Cervantes which takes place probably some time in the fifteenth or early
sixteenth centuries. Don Quixote, formerly Quixana, was not really a don at all. He was a
wealthy, intelligent farmer who read too many books about knight-errantry and went crazy.
He convinced a simple-minded peasant named Sancho to become his squire, promising him
wealth and a high spot in society. This book consists of many adventures these two had,
both were convinced that they were doing brave and honorable acts of chivalry, when they
were only two fools running around the countryside.Cervantes tries to make his book more
interesting with the use of point of view. Don Quixote sees what his mind and imagination
create, not that which is transferred through the optic nerves in a very clean-cut
scientific manner. He retreats to a world that holds meaning for him. When he first
departs, he stops at an inn and his eyes make it a beautiful castle with blushing maids
and noble sirs. The wench Aldonza is turned into Dulcinea, his one true love, who he
swears by in his battles and contemplates when he is idle. Another example of his
point-of-view is the famous windmill incident. Quixote sees "'thirty monstrous giants...
with... long arms... the length of two leagues.'" such is the demented mind of Don
Quixote. He went down into a legendary pit to behold its wonders. Once inside, he
convinced himself he saw a transparent castle and that the people there were kept alive
hundreds of years by Merlin's magic when he seemed to only dream it.Another way Cervantes
uses point-of-view to let the reader know that Quixote has little grasp of reality. I will
refer back to the windmills because that is the clearest example: Sancho tried to tell
Quixote that the giants were only windmills, but he didn't listen and Sancho couldn't
fathom that his master was mad, so he shuts the incident out of his mind, displaying some
of the madness of Don Quixote in our supposedly sane squire. When Quixote does something
unreasonable, Sancho despises the fact that his master might be mad and accepts some of
the lunacy to make his job easier. When Quixote starts to die and loses the madness,
Sancho perspective changes and regards Quixote more with pity than with his former
respect.The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes is a long piece that will give
you a different perspective on madness and the curing of it. I would recommend this book
to someone who relishes long descriptions and speeches full of double-talk. This is not a
work of literature for those who like to read a book quickly for I can't see someone just
skimming through Don Quixote. To put it bluntly, this book wasn't worth the trouble it
caused during the Spanish Inquisition. The madness put Quixote's life in danger, but it
was the cure that killed him. In medieval times, knight-errants roamed the countryside of
Europe, rescuing damsels and vanquishing evil lords and enchanters. This may sound absurd
to many people in this time, but what if a person read so many books about these so-called
knight-errants that he could not determine the real from that which was read? Such is the
case in The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes which takes place probably some
time in the fifteenth or early sixteenth centuries. Don Quixote, formerly Quixana, was not
really a don at all. He was a wealthy, intelligent farmer who read too many books about
knight-errantry and went crazy. He convinced a simple-minded peasant named Sancho to
become his squire, promising him wealth and a high spot in society. This book consists of
many adventures these two had, both were convinced that they were doing brave and
honorable acts of chivalry, when they were only two fools running around the
countryside.Cervantes tries to make his book more interesting with the use of point of
view. Don Quixote sees what his mind and imagination create, not that which is transferred
through the optic nerves in a very clean-cut scientific manner. He retreats to a world
that holds meaning for him. When he first departs, he stops at an inn and his eyes make it
a beautiful castle with blushing maids and noble sirs. The wench Aldonza is turned into
Dulcinea, his one true love, who he swears by in his battles and contemplates when he is
idle. Another example of his point-of-view is the famous windmill incident. Quixote sees
"'thirty monstrous giants... with... long arms... the length of two leagues.'" such is the
demented mind of Don Quixote. He went down into a legendary pit to behold its wonders.
Once inside, he convinced himself he saw a transparent castle and that the people there
were kept alive hundreds of years by Merlin's magic when he seemed to only dream
it.Another way Cervantes uses point-of-view to let the reader know that Quixote has little
grasp of reality. I will refer back to the windmills because that is the clearest example:
Sancho tried to tell Quixote that the giants were only windmills, but he didn't listen and
Sancho couldn't fathom that his master was mad, so he shuts the incident out of his mind,
displaying some of the madness of Don Quixote in our supposedly sane squire. When Quixote
does something unreasonable, Sancho despises the fact that his master might be mad and
accepts some of the lunacy to make his job easier. When Quixote starts to die and loses
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