Sancho Panza As Governor In Don Quixote

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Sancho Panza as Governor in Don Quixote


While reading Don Quixote, I am sure that many people wonder whether or not Sancho Panza will get his island to govern. The main reason that Sancho agrees to be the squire of Don Quixote is because he is promised riches and an isle to govern. As the book progresses it appears that Sancho's dream will not come true and he will not become a governor. Many times in the book, Sancho asks his master if he was really going to get his isle and Don Quixote always promises him that he will. Eventually Sancho does become governor, although it is all because of a trick played on him by the Duke and Duchess. He shocks everyone by his wisdom and skill that he shows while he is governor.
When this book first starts we see Sancho Panza as an illiterate peasant man whose dream is to have his own isle to govern. Sancho's dream finally does come true when the Duke gives him an island to govern. Unfortunately, this is all a trick and everything is planned out so that Sancho will fail as governor. Sancho suprises everyone with his wise decision-making. You will see from examples just how wise Sancho really is.
Sancho is very determined to govern his isle the best he can and prove to everyone that he is capable. He says, "It's not out of greed that I want to leave my poor huts and rise to greater things but from my desire to find out what it tastes like to be governor"(736). This shows that Sancho has changed since the beginning of the book. The only reason Sancho agrees to go on the adventures with Don Quixote in the first place is because he is promised an isle to govern. Sancho is very greedy at first and he is always reminding his master about the isle he is promised. He says, "Mind, your worship, good Sir Knight Errant, that you don't forget about the isle you promised me"(67). He no longer wants to govern out of greed, but rather because he wants to see what it will be like.
Before Sancho sets out to his isle, Don Quixote gives him some advice. Don Quixote tells Sancho many things and it appears that Sancho does a good job of following his advice. Don Quixote says, "Let the poor man's tears find more compassion in you, but not more justice, than the pleadings of the rich"(739). He is basically saying not to favor the rich, but look at both sides evenly. Sancho does a good job of following this advice when two old men come to him for help. One of the men, who happened to have a cane, lent his friend ten crowns of gold some time ago on condition that he would repay him on demand. When the man needed his money paid back, he asked his friend several times for it but he denied everything and said he was never given the ten crowns or if he was he repaid it back. Sancho makes the man with the cane take an oath swearing that he paid him back. The man was sneaky and gave his cane to the other man before taking the oath and he swore he paid him back. Sancho realizes that something is up and he...

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