10 November 2010
Don Quixote Response
In Don Quixote the prologue, he speaks of writing his story and how it will not meet the standards of many other great writings. He say “with a tale that is as dried as a rush, a stranger to invention, paltry in style, improvised in content, and wholly lacking in learning and wisdom, without marginal citations or notes at the end of the book when other works of this sort, even though they be fabulous and profane, are so packed with maxims from Aristotle and Plato and the crowd of philosophers as to fill the reader with admiration and lead him to regard the author as a well read, learned and eloquent individual”. He feels that he just free writes and he has no organization. He wants to write but many times he will pick up his pen and lay it down. He knows that his book will lack so much “my book will lack, for I have no citations for the margins, no notes for the end”. He admits he has no authors to follow no one to dedicate his writing to. However, he begins to know what he wants to write and that is about Don Quixote story his stepson. As he writes he struggles with clarity and so that his points come across clearly.
At the end he decided to make use of his arguments in his prologue to relate to the story he wrote. Furthermore, he explains on how the gentle reader will perceive his friends cleverness and even his own good fortune due to such a great counselor he came across. The prologue was written to just explain how he came about to write Don Quixote story. He had to overcome many self struggles and believe in himself and his writing to complete the story.
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