Don Quixote De la Mancha

by Joanna from San Juan Capistrano

"Sonar el sueno imposible, luchar contra el enemigo imposible, correr donde valientes no se atrevieron, alcanzar la estrella inalcanzable. Ese es mi destino." don Quixote
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I first became aware about my hero in my AP Spanish class. We started reading the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, El hidalgo de la Mancha, Aventuras de don Quixote, the protagonist Alonso Quinoa el Bueno also known as Don Quixote de la Mancha was really into reading books about knights and romance. He imitated the knights from the books he read. What attracts me about Don Quixote de la Mancha is that he is hopeful in finding his true love and willing to prove to anyone that he is a brave knight.

Don Quixote de la Mancha is an adventurer. He is a knight in search of Aldonza Lorenzo his Dulcinea del Toboso. Don Quixote's education came from the books about the knights he read about. He didn't have a salary because it wasn't a knightly thing.

During his search for his Dulcinea, he came by many obstacles. Before he was able to start his search, he first had to become an official knight. Every knight has their companion and Sancho Panza was his. He stayed by don Quixote's side even though he thought Don Quixote was a little insane.

Throughout the novel don Quixote was stuck in his fantasy. He saw what others couldn't see; he saw windmills as giants, bulls as an army. His imagination leads him through dangerous adventures. The most important thing to don Quixote was his honor and his Dulcinea. He was willing to battle anyone who claimed that their woman was prettier or better than his Dulcinea. The knight of the white moon challenged him and defeated don Quixote.

At the end of the novel, don Quixote de la Mancha, even though he lost his honor, he still didn't admit to the White moon knight that any woman is prettier than his Dulcinea. He ended up being more realistic than Sancho Panza.

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Extra Info

Cervantes, Miguel De. El Hidalgo De La Mancha. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.