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In the Medieval Period noblemen known as knight-errants roamed the countryside of Europe searching for adventure They rescued damsels in distress and vanquished enchanters witches and evil lords The novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra takes place in this magical time Don Quixote formerly Quixana loved to read books of chivalry In fact he was not a don at all He was a wealthy intelligent farmer who read too many books about knight-errantry and went crazy Don Quixote felt he needed a sidekick so he convinced a simple-minded peasant named Sancho to be his squire by promising him great wealth and a high position in society Don Quixote is composed of the many adventures that this duo experienced They believed that they were performing great acts of chivalry and great deeds when they were actually two idiots running around the countryside causing chaos However Don Quixote also did many good things while on his misadventures He was an idealist which means he saw things as he wanted them to be He spread his idea of idealism throughout the cynical world in which he lived The Dons idealism affected people on both positive and negative ways and he had the greatest impact on Sancho Cardenio and Andrew Sancho Panza was a gullible simple-minded peasant who was easily swayed by Don Quixotes idealism At first Sancho is a realist that is he sees things as they really are For example on one of their adventures they encounter windmills which Don Quixote took to be thirty or more huge giantsp 42 Sancho being a realist tried to tell his master that the giants were only windmills and of course Don Quixote did not listen Sancho could not fathom that his master was mad so he shut the entire incident out of his mind In fact throughout the novel Sancho does not want to accept the fact that his beloved Don Quixote has gone mad so he
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