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Madman or Idealist In my judgement Don Quixote is and idealist He lives in a time of Machiavellian beliefs and wants to escape these characteristics He fantasizes about the way things used to be in the times of the knights and the code of Chivalry and wishes that he too could live in this time period Some may argue that he was a madman due to his attack on the windmills but he just seems to suffer from a slight mental illness which does not in turn qualify him as a madman Don Quixada is a man of about fifty years old he was born of nobility and therefore could not get a job after his wealth was spent At this age it did not seem that he had much of a future the majority of his life was in the past but he wanted to do something about this and somehow change the destiny of his future He had a great interest in medieval times he spent a lot of time reading about the knights and codes of chivalry He wanted himself to be a noble knight to ride out on his horse with his trusty sidekick and to be a hero So he decided being the idealist he was that he could accomplish these things even though he now lived in the Renaissance time Idealists dream and then turn their dreams into a reality which is what Don Quixada did when he transformed himself into Don Quixote He knew the things he needed to make his dream come true He needed a horse a trusty sidekick and a woman to love He attained all these items but they were not quite up to par He renamed everyone on his journey to make them all seem a little more dream worthy His horse was renamed Rozinante the name spruced up the old dilapidated horse His sidekick Sancho Panza was merely after wealth and
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