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DON QUIXOTE THE STORY OF AN ANTIHERO By Bagrat Sakhvadze A hero is a man of great strength and courage admired for his exploits qualities and achievements he is thought of as an ideal or a role model Heroes in literature include Ulysses a brave warrior who fought the Cyclops Hercules noted for his physical strength and courage in accomplishing the Twelve Labors and Jason who fearlessly successfully completed amazing tasks in order to regain his Greek kingdom The character Don Quixote is an antihero An antihero is a person who is not admirable he is unqualified incompetent unfit and inept Don Quixote is an antihero because of the traits he exemplifies including an inability to learn from his mistakes cowardice and incompetence For example he does not learn from adverse experience when his homemade cardboard helmet visor falls apart In addition when villagers attack Sancho his squire Don Quixote first tries to help but then runs away Finally Don Quixote is ineffectual when he intervenes while Andres a young lad is being whipped Don Quixote is unable to learn from adverse experience While cleaning an old suit of armor to use for his adventures he finds that the helmets visor is missing He makes a visor out of cardboard when he tests it it falls apart thus offering no protection He fabricates a second visor just like the first He declares it to be the best ever made without determining whether or not it works Chapter 1 He simply does not acknowledge his problems or mistakes Therefore Don Quixote cannot learn to develop appropriate solutions Don Quixote is a coward When angry villagers attack Sancho his squire Don Quixote first comes to his rescue However as the villagers turn their attack from Sancho to him he immediately flees Sancho is left alone to defend himself Chapter 27 Don Quixote demonstrates that he is not
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