S450 Cervantes' Don Quijote F. Jehle

Don Quijote I - Capítulos 11-20

Cap. 11: Note the start of the pastoral theme, which runs through the next several chapters (and remember the discussion of pastoral novels in the book-scrutiny in Chapter 6, including the remarks of the niece on page 54). This theme will run through the next several chapters.

Cap. 12: Story of Grisóstomo and Marcela (note the question given above under the goatherds).

Cap. 13: Note Vivaldo's objections to certain practices of the knights errant such as commending oneself to one's lady when faced with danager; do they influence Don Quijote in his future anctions?.

Cap. 14: Pp. 97-100: La canción desesperada (note the suggestion of suicide). Yes, you are expected to read this and all other poems included in the text of the novel. Note the rhetorical devices and the use of classical mythology. Why are poems and songs included? What purposes might they serve?

Cap. 15: Note that part three (of Part I, the 1605 Quijote) begins here.

C. 16-17: This is not the same inn where Don Quijote was knighted. Note the description of Maritornes, and the fight scenes!!! [I hope you laugh out loud, as I usually do when I read this part; it is a classic example of slapstick humor.]

Cap. 18: Why all these disasters or events with less-than-favorable outcomes? [Los yangüeses (Cap. 15), el harriero y Maritornes (Cap. 16), el cuadrillero, el bálsamo, and el manteamiento de Sancho (Cap. 17), los rebaños de ovejas (Cap. 18)]

Cap. 19: Los encamisados. Why a victory (finally)?

Cap. 20: Los batanes (the fulling-hammers)


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