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Unformatted text preview: Don Quixote 26/03/2008 15:10:00 Contemporary of Shakespeare (but nobody really knows) Shakespeare knew of Cervantes, not sure if Cervantes knows of Shakespeare Was from a farmers family, not an awesome childhood Joins Spanish army, fights valiantly But on his way back, he spends 5 years in Algeria, ransomed, then returns to Spain, and lives an honest and really hard life turns to writing Hes jailed a lot of times (bad luck), not that hes a criminal Hes pretty much a failure (all he writes is not popular). Don Quixote is successful. But he gets jipped out of the profits. The second part of Don Quixote is devoted to attacking the fake Don Quixote 2 Don Quixote is written as a criticism of chivalric romances (the popular genre of the time) Has been considered the first novel EarlierBoccaccio-esque, short stories strung together were called novels Its a turning point for literature Chivalric romancesits fantastical and mystical (dragons, etc.) How is this different from the Iliad?How is this different from the Iliad?...
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