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Don Quixote Essay

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Don Quixote is a work centrally concerned with misreading and rewriting. There are different types of misreading Don exhibits of chivalric romances, reality, misperception, etc. Don Quixote considers himself to be a knight and attempts to live like one. However the world around him in which he lives is but a simple ordinary place. There are many ways in which Don can be seen as enacting a kind of re-writing with actions of his past and of the reality around him.
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One of the slaves proclaims the reason why the other is in jail “This man, sir goes to the galleys (prison) for being a canary-bird: I mean, for his skill in vocal music” (Cervantes, 161). This fooled Don because it was not the real reason why the galley slaves are in prison. Don is misled by the slaves and orders the guards to let them go. After he freed them, the slaves beat up both Sancho and Don. We can infer that the main character, don has no sense of the reality he is apart of. It gives way to many more events that he misinterprets completely. It shows the difference between the false narrations of Don and portrays the truth through the other characters in the novel. Another example is when Don Quixote misreads reality as chivalry when he sees a barber’s basin and believes it is an enchanted crown for himself because Don thinks he is a knight. Don says in response to Sancho who is telling Don Quixote that the object on the man’s head is not a crown “Seest thou not yonder knight who rides the way, upon a dapple steed, with a golden helmet on his head?” (Cervantes, 149). Don is refusing to believe the truth that the object is merely nothing but a barber’s basin. As you can see this is a repetition of misleading truth for don. This is significant because this is reoccurring evidence that Don Quixote will continue to attack and misperceive actuality.
There are many ways in which Don can be seen as enacting a kind of re-writing with his actions of his past and the reality around him. In the beginning Don considered himself to be an unaccomplished person. Cervantes, the author refers to Don as “an ugly child, destitute of every grace and favorable endowment…” (Cervantes, preface 3). The author himself is referring to Don Quixote as being hideous and unworthy. Don had no ambition or motives in his life. Eventually Don started reading chivalric romances that motivated him to do something with himself. Don had the urge to become a knight and strived to do so at any cause. The author mentions Don Quixote preparing himself to look like a knight “In the first place, he cleaned an old suit of armour...he next visited his horse...he should also change his name”. Don attempted to physically look like a knight, act like a knight, and live like one. He put himself...

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