Research Paper On Don Quixote

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Cervantes created a compelling story of a seemingly delusional knight errant through unreliable adventures, lengthy dialogues, and interesting subplots.
The story Don Quixote follows the adventures of a hidalgo named after the man Mr. Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he lost his sanity and decided to set out to revive courage, undo things he failed to do, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He recruits a casual farmer, Sancho Panza, as his companion, who often employs a unique, earthly wit in dealing with Don Quixote's knighthood. Don Quixote, in the first part of the book, does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story. Don
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Cervantes experienced many adventures and experiences as a student. There was a cross section in the book using spanish life and the feeling at the end of the chivalric age. “Destiny guides our fortunes more favorably than we could have expected. Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is noble, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth." "What giants?" Asked Sancho Panza. "The ones you can see over there," answered his master, "with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long." "Now look, your grace," said Sancho, "what you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone." "Obviously," replied Don Quixote, "you don't know much about adventures.” (Cervantes, Chap 27)
As for the Genre, the genre of Don Quixote is fiction. Cervantes rewrote this book and changes little things but it was still fiction like the original. The genre of Fiction can be defined as narrative literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact. In the novel it talks about people turning into knights
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He switches into the first person, however, whenever he discusses the novel itself or Benengeli original manuscript.
As for metaphors, An example of a metaphor for Don Quixote is that during the book Don Quixote is called a bandit or thief. They say this because he traveled to spain for no rhyme or reason and gets into other people's personal business.
Irony is a tool that Miguel de Cervantes uses to convey humor in the satire, a kind of verbal irony that exaggerates the situation. “What giants” said Sancho Panza. “Those thou seest there,” answered his master. “It is easy to see … that thou art not used to this business of adventures; those are giants; and if thou art afraid, away with thee out of this…” (Cervantes, chapter 8) “One day, as I was in the Alcana of Toledo, a boy came up to sell some pamphlets and old papers to a silk mercer, and, as I am fond of reading even the very scraps of paper in the streets, led by this natural bent of

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