Don Quixote

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Nick Gonzales
“Don Quixote”
Cervantes novel “Don Quixote” was written back in 1500’s. The main character Don Quixote is from the region La Mancha located in central Spain. While he was a man of a sound, mind, and reason. His reading of many books about chivalry had a very strong effect on his mentality. Don Quixote reveals himself thru a mental process in which the real world has been distorted in his perception of impractical mental behavior. Don Quixote sets out with Snacho on a chivalric adventure in a world that is no longer ran by chivalric values. In Don Quixote’s mind, he sets out to retrieve knighthood. Obsessed with the chivalric ideals, he wants to defend the helpless and get rid of the wicked in the first part. In the second part on the other hand, Don Quixote is more of a “bad guy” than a hero and act out against what he thinks are threats to him in “his world.” He is inspired by his own psychological process in which his mental thinking is not real and he thinks of things in his ideal form rather than as they really are. He loves the call to adventure inspired by his own mind, impulses, and imagination. The mental character he portrays is an illusion. He is more interested in what he sees mentally than what is really there. As Don Quixote sets out traveling in search of adventures, his mind becomes distorted of what he perceives becomes real. He is motivated by the issues involved in his “real world.” Even after Sancho explains to him elements of the real world, he claims that they are illusions in which they have been created to confuse people. For example the windmills are not just giants but giants cleverly made to look like windmills. Everyone they meet in their travels just seems to magnify the imagination of the Don Quixote and gives him more of a “mental” quest. Don Quixote has a tendency to get in the way even when the situation does not concern him. He suffers from many injuries and humiliations, including a beating. We can see

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