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Miguel de Cervantes

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don-quixote-miguel-de-cervantesDon Quixote, Volume 1, Chapter 25t would seem, Sancho...that you're no saner than I am.InnsRepresent the norms of society and its diversityTransportationDivides society into classescarriages for the upper class, horses for the middle, and walking for the lowerMambrinos HelmetSymbolizes the triumph of imagination over realitySymbolsAn obsession with chivalric romances of the 1500s prompts Alonso Quixano to reinvent himself as knight errant Don Quixote. Accompanied by his squire, Sancho, the imaginative knight traverses the Spanish countryside in search of honor, glory, and adventure—only to return home cursing the very books that sparked his imagination.A Mad Quest for Chivalric HonorTHEMESFickleness of LoveRomantic interests change with the winds, and even knights fictionalize their damsels.HonorAn obsession with upholding honor rarely ends without someone getting hurt.Idealism vs. Realism The imagination is powerful, and happiness comes from balancing hope and realism.Main CharactersDon QuixoteSpaniard from La Mancha; deems himself a knightDulcinea del TobosoUnseen lady love; ideal womanPero PerezPriest; wants to cure Don Quixote's madnessDuke & DuchessNobility; play pranks on Don Quixote for sportCardenioMountain madman burned by loveSancho PanzaDim-witted farmer-turned-squire After a decade in the Spanish Navy—the last half as a prisoner of war—Cervantes turned toward writing. While his first works were critical flops, his epic novel about a delusional knight continues to be hailed as a literary masterpiece.MIGUEL DE CERVANTES15471616Author Miguel de Cervantes1605 & 1615SpanishNovelAuthorYears PublishedOriginal LanguageDon QuixoteSatireSources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, History Today,University of Michigan LibrariesCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Don Quixoteby the NumbersFirst English translation of Don Quixote1612Volumes into which Don Quixote is divided2Gunshot wounds Cervantes received while fighting for the Spanish navy3Year Cervantes and his brother Rodrigo were captured by Barbary pirates and enslaved1575

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