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Cervantes greatest work Don Quixote is an amazing parody with a realistic idea Don Quixote is a country gentleman an enthusiastic visionary crazed by his reading of romances of chivalry who rides forth to defend the oppressed and to right wrongs The theme of the book in brief concerns Hidalgo Alonso Quijano who because of his reading in books about chivalry comes to believe that everything they say is true and decides to become a knight-errant himself He assumes the name of Don Quixote de la Mancha and accompanied by a peasant Sancho Panza who serves him as a squire sets forth in search of adventures Don Quixote interprets all that he encounters in accordance with his readings and thus imagines himself to be living in a world quite different from the one familiar to the ordinary men he meets Windmills are thus transformed into giants and this illusion together with many others is the basis for the beatings and misadventures suffered by the intrepid hero After the knights second sally in search of adventure friends and neighbors in his village decide to force him to forget his wild fancy and to reintegrate himself into his former life The knight insists upon following his calling but at the end of the first part of the book they make him return to his home by means of a sly stratagem In the second part the hidalgo leaves for the third time and alternately gives indication of folly and of wisdom in a dazzling array of artistic inventions But now even his enemies force him to abandon his endeavors Don Quixote finally recognizes that romances of chivalry are mere lying inventions but upon recovering the clarity of his mind he loses his life This idea is very realistic because of its modern day implications It tells who becomes bored with his life and experiences a midlife crisis He enjoys reading about chivalry and finds the idea
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