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High comedy is defined as a comedy that appeals to and reflects the life and problems of the upper social classes characterized by a witty sardonic treatment In comparison to that is low comedy a comedy that gets its effect mainly from action and situation as burlesque farce slapstick and horseplay rather than from a witty dialogue and characterization The author Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 defines satire as A Poem in which wickedness or folly is censored A satire should include entertainment critical dimension and a moral Reform The novel can not be regarded as crude slapstick humor low comedy but rather as a warm human tale depicting the conflict between noble idealism and brute unfeeling practicality Don Quixote is a novel allegorizes high comedy because it represents the life and the problems of an upper-class gentleman in a funny and sardonic way The novel is also a satire entertainment critic and a moral reform can be recognized by the readers Don Quixote tells the story of the ordinary Spanish gentleman Alonso Quixano who is addicted to books He spends every moment engrossed in thick meandering tomes filled with tales of knights and squires magicians and giants and beautiful ladies He begins to sell parts of his estate in order to buy even more books He lost his wits and he decided to roam the country as a knight-errant named Don Quixote de la Mancha Don Quixote lives in a world created in his imagination which had been fueled by his obsession with chivalric tales Instead of battles with evil knights and rescuing virtuous maidens he deals with windmills bedclothes and much disappointment Along the way he acquires a sidekick Sancho Panza who supports Don Quixote in hopes of getting rich Master and squire have numerous adventures often causing more harm than good in spite of their noble intentions They meet criminals sent to the galleys and are victims of an elaborate prank by a pair
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