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It is clear that the narrator is not familiar with the entirety of Don Quixotes story because of his inability to recall crucial facts Immediately the reader is forced to question the validity of the story due to the lack of knowledge the author seems to posses The use of an undependable narrator causes one to realize that there is no absolute truth to this story or on a much larger scale to any story Thus Cervantes encourages the reader to determine what is real and unreal based on his interpretations This element of ambiguity used by Cervantes reflects the uncertainty created by the Protestants during Cervantes lifetime During the 16th century the Protestants were questioning claims made by the Catholic Church that had been taken as truth for many years Miguel Cervantes makes the narrator an untrustworthy character by having him forget essential facts that appear to be extremely relevant to the story of Don Quixote In the opening phrases of the book the narrator fails to remember both the name of the protagonist and the name of his hometown From the beginning the reader is already unclear as to who this man from La Mancha truly is Due to the discrepancies among authors Don Quixotes real name may be either Quixada or Quesada 31 but the truth is never told Cervantes takes certain measures to ensure that the reader is continuously questioning the authority of the narrator In the middle of a battle between Don Quixote and a Basque knight Cervantes brings the story to a complete halt The story is interrupted in order state that the main author of this story is an Arab named Cide Hamete Benegeli Consequently this makes one question the legitimacy of the story in two ways Firstly the narrator characterizes all Arabs as liars He even clarifies exactly how he might have twisted the story men of that nation being ready liars though as they are so
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