In their imaginations they are conquering heroes, when in reality they are involved in the most sordid and dirty business. Cervantes reflects the breaking down of the old feudal society and a transition towards a capitalist society and morality, based on money not rank. In Don Quixote he saw the epic of dying-out chivalry whose virtues were ridiculed and scoffed at in the emerging bourgeois world. Marx, who greatly admired the Quixote, wrote:
What was the question? If my friends at the coffee table had asked: But that was not the question. I had time to think, and to think carefully.
There is no one like Don Quixote to make me feel the connection between my reading self and my real life. Who else loved books to the extent that he was willing to immerse himself completely in the illusion of his beloved fiction, against all reason?
Who else struggled to survive and keep the spirit of beautiful ideas in the face of ugly, mean, bullying reality?
Why was there such awkwardness when I said I identified with Don Quixote? He makes a silly figure in the ordinary society where appearance and participation in shared activities are more important to social survival and reputation than reflective thinking and expression of individuality.
He is off the main track, and that is only acceptable to the world if you are a strong, fighting, violent hero, not if you are a harmless, yet ridiculous dreamer.
Just being different is the most dangerous, the most hated thing in the world. He had seen the raging madness of the world, and made a decision: Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness.
Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: To me there is more heroism in seeing a perfect horse in the lame Rosinante, or a beautiful woman in the ugly, mean Dulcinea, than there could ever be in the strongest superhero riding the most powerful horse and gaining the love of the most stunning lady.
That is a no-brainer, while it requires deeper thinking skills to see the adventure and beauty in average, weak, ugly life. The sanity Don Quixote gains when he dictates his last testament is the capitulation of the tired, worn-out spirit.
He has already stopped living. Another of my favourite windmill-fighting characters, Jean Baroisforesaw the weakness of old age and wrote his testament to the world at the height of his intellectual power, thus haunting the bigot winners of his dying body afterwards with his words of idealistic power from the other side of the grave.
And for all those who smile at Don Quixote:Child of the Storm vacillates between this, Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness and Sophisticated as Hell on a regular basis, partly because the author was a (very well educated) teenager in the first couple of years of writing it, and partly because he's a self-admitted massive Buffy fan.
Harry, the main character, is somewhat prone to it, while the Deuteragonist, Carol, is definitely prone to it. Sancho Panza (Spanish: [ˈsantʃo ˈpanθa]) is a fictional character in the novel Don Quixote written by Spanish author Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in Sancho acts as squire to Don Quixote and provides comments throughout the novel, known as sanchismos, that are a combination of broad humour, ironic Spanish proverbs, and earthy wit."Panza" in Spanish means "belly" (cf.
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Humour - Verbal humour: The foregoing discussion was intended to provide the tools for dissecting and analyzing any specimen of humour.
The procedure is to determine the nature of the two (or more) frames of reference whose collision gives rise to the comic effect—to discover the type of logic or “rules of the game” that govern each. In the more sophisticated type of joke, the logic is.