The Renegade Adventure Of Don Quixote

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Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures 

of Alonso Quixano, a retired elderly man who develops a fascination with chivalrous novels 

eventually become delusional, believing everything written to be true and currently going on in 

the Spanish country side where he lives (La Mancha). The novel itself contains a narration of 

Quixote’s adventures. These adventures are broken up into “Sally’s”. The first Sally feature 

Quixote’s first “quests”. After setting out early in the morning Quixote eventually wanders his 

way to an inn that he believes to be a castle, he asks the innkeeper who he believe to be a lord to 

dub him a knight. Have very little money Quixote’s spend the night in the stable with his horse, 

where he starts a fight with muleteers who are attempting to water their mules. Quixote’s take 

attempts to remove his gear from the trough as a threat and attacks the men. As a result the 

innkeeper tell Quixote’s ...view middle of the document...

Sancho agrees to be Quixote’s squire 

and they set of on another set of quests start off with the duo attacking a hillside bunch of

windmills, next they encounter a lady of royalty traveling in a guarded caravan Quixote’s

assumes the lady has been kidnapped and is being held hostage attacking the caravan guards

until the lady tells her guards to “surrender”. This encounter is the final major encounter in the

second sally, unlike the first sally this one does not end with Quixote’s being severally injured

and sent home.

 Throughout their journey the duo encounter: innkeepers, goat herders, soldiers prostitutes, 

priests, and escaped convicts, theses characters sometimes tell tales from actually events that had

happened or were currently going on this fusion of fiction and reality was one of the first of its

times and was one of the many reasons this book is considered to be among the best fiction

novels of all times, the meaning and themes of this book are monumental, as well as significantly

layered over each other, entire careers have been made from trying to understand the full level of

detail put into the meaning and themes of this book. The books most recognized themes are

betrayal, faith, and an educated spoof of chivalric romance literature. These themes become

stronger in the second book though they are still rather apparent in the first, the theme of betrayal

is far more prevalent in the second book where Quixote becomes the butt of several sadistic and

cruel jokes, even from his squire Sancho, the theme of faith is not only in the sense of religion

but also in the way of Quixote’s faith in the restoration of the chivalric code and the strength his

delusions are given from his faith. finally the spoof on chivalric romantic literature is immensely

apparent throughout both books, this commentary on classic romantic literature is widely cited as

being the first modern literature book to be ever written. These themes just scratch the surface of

everything at play in this book and the second and really cannot begin to explain the complexity

of the book as a whole. Though they do provide an okay sum up for all of the groundbreaking 

ideas in this book.

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