Don Quixote

September 25, 2011

Don Quixote in Don Quixote is a very interesting self-absorbed narcissistic character. His view of his current world of being a knight-errant is skewed and particular; his ideas of adventure have been warped by his books of chivalry. He chooses to make mountains out of molehills as he begins his journey as a self-described and self-appointed knight-errant. This could be seen through the first few initial chapters of Part I.

“I looked for no less, my lord, from
your High Magnificence,” replied Don Quixote, “and I have to tell
you that the boon I have asked and your liberality has granted is that
you shall dub me knight to-morrow morning, and that to-night I shall
watch my arms in the chapel of this your castle; thus tomorrow, as I
have said, will be accomplished what I so much desire, enabling me
lawfully to roam through all the four quarters of the world seeking
adventures on behalf of those in distress, as is the duty of
chivalry and of knights-errant like myself, whose ambition is directed
to such deeds.”(Cervantes Book I, Chapter III)

His wanderings through town and particularly a run-down inn with prostitutes is altered through his eyes. He views the inn as a particular castle in town and the women outside are not prostitutes waiting for their johns but rather women in waiting; ladies of the castle. The inn keeper is also not the inn keeper but rather the master of the castle in question. His reality is skewed and warped and his conception of the reality around is has been affected due to his addiction to chivalric literature and his sudden mid-life identity crisis.

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