Cervantes' Motivation for Writing Don Quixote Essays

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Cervantes' Motivation for Writing Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes' greatest literary work, Don Quixote, maintains an enduring, if somewhat stereotypical image in the popular culture: the tale of the obsessed knight and his clownish squire who embark on a faith-driven, adventure-seeking quest. However, although this simple premise has survived since the novel's inception, and spawned such universally known concepts or images as quixotic idealism and charging headlong at a group of "giants" which are actually windmills, Cervantes' motivation for writing Don Quixote remains an untold story. Looking at late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Spain from the viewpoint of a Renaissance man, Cervantes came to dislike many aspects of the
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..Bernardo del Carpio..put the inchanter Orlando to death, by the same means that Hercules used, when he strangled the earth-born Anteon. ..His [Quixano] chief favorite was Reynaldo of Montalvan, whom he hugely admired for his prowess, in sallying from his castle to rob travellers..."

The first two characters obviously highlight the apparent ridiculousness of chivalric heroes’ superhuman feats; the third could be intended to show contradiction, as a knight who robs passersby would seem to be dishonorable. The structure of Quixano's books also suffer from dubious logic, as shown in a verse which the Spanish gentleman is particularly fond of: "The reason of the unreasonable usage my reason has met with, so unreasons my reason, that I have reason to complain of your beauty" (Cervantes 28). A second idea which suffers Cervantes’ ridicule is the practice of knight-errantry as a means of ridding society of injustices. As a knight-errant, Don Quixote regularly interferes in the affairs of other people without knowing the circumstances surrounding the situation, which is a result of his bringing his idealistic faith into purely mundane happenings (Sturman 12). An example would be one of Don Quixote’s earliest adventures (occurring before he enlists Sancho Panza as his squire), in which he encounters a peasant

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