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1 Caffrey Francis February 2, 2011 Dr. Griffin MWF 10:00-10:50 AM The Seduction of Textual Readings In Don Quixote, Cervantes tells the story of a man who loses his sanity and becomes enchanted by reading chivalric novels about knighthood. Don Quixote discovers his purpose in life which is to become a knight-errant and to spread justice to others. Unfortunately, the discovery of his purpose leads him to live in his own knight-errant fantasy. In the novel, Notes from Underground, Dostoevsky tells of an anonymous man who loses his mind because he becomes absorbed by the Romanticism ideals. This makes him believe that people’s actions are decided by the laws of nature. The anonymous man feels tormented and powerless by potential outcomes because he sees no human purpose in life and therefore the laws of nature prevail. In the novels, Don Quixote and Notes from Underground, both characters’ lives are influenced by the books they read. Don Quixote and the anonymous man became enchanted by the romanticism they read which greatly influenced their lives. Don Quixote implements the romantic ideals into society. After he reads the chivalric novels, Don Quixote puts them into action when he: “…caught sight of thirty or forty windmills standing on the plain and as soon as Don Quixote saw them he said to his squire: Fortune is directing our affairs even better than we could have wished: for you can see over there, good friend Sancho Panza, a place where stand thirty or more monstrous giants with whom I intend to fight a battle and
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2 whose lives I intend to take; and with the booty we shall begin to prosper. For this is a just war, and it is a great service to God to wipe such a wicked breed from the face of the earth (63).” Although Don Quixote mistakes the windmills as monstrous giants, he tries to carry out the ideals of romanticism by spreading justice when he tries to fight the so called “monstrous giants”. Unlike Don Quixote’s ability to execute his ideals into society, the anonymous man only dreams of executing his. Even though the anonymous man has moments when he romanticizes about the “beautiful and lofty”, he rejects the idea of what the “beautiful and lofty” have to offer.
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