S450 Cervantes' Don Quijote
Don Quijote I - Capítulos 36-52
Resolution of the Cardenio/Luscinda/Fernando/Dorotea episode. Why does everything
work out well? Does Don Quijote have anything to do with it, directly or
Why does Fernando apparently change character, becoming a "nice guy" here
and in subsequent chapters?
Why the happy ending here but a tragic ending for the Anselmo/Camila/Lotario
Arrival of the captive and Zoraida. What might the captive represent?
Don Quijote's speech on Arms and Letters. [Remember, this is his second main
speech; his first one was on the Golden Age with the shepherds.]
What does this have to do with the rest of the novel, both before and what
Capítulos 39-41: The captive's tale.
Note the opening words of the tale; why do (or at least should) they sound
What are some reasons for the inclusion of the historical details, such as
Can the captive be compared to anyone?
How does the Moorish girl come off? (Remember that at this time the Moors
are the enemies of Spain, and the moriscos inside Spain are a source
of conflict also --so much so that nine years after the publication of Don
Quijote I they will be expelled from the country.)
The oidor. Can he be said to represent anything?
Don Luis. Any parallels/contrasts between him and Don Quijote or between
their actions here?
Don Quijote's dilemma.
What's going on here in the inn? Is it just an inn, or is it really some
kind of enchanted castle???
More transformations here at the inn, both in people and objects,
but now often with a comic twist; this extends even of course to Don Quijote.
Don Quijote enjaulado (caged and loaded up on the cart). Is this
ignominious from your point of view? Why or why not? How can this be almost
glorious from Don Quijote's point of view?
The literary theme (with the Canónigo). Can the Canónigo be
said to represent Cervantes' point of view? What are the bad aspects of the
novels of chivalry? The good aspects? Has Cervantes managed to avoid the
bad and capitalize on the good in this novel? How?
The literary theme, extended to include drama. Why?
Any changes in Sancho Panza (here and in later chapters)? In Don Quijote?
Another story, this one told by Don Quijote: El Caballero del Lago.
Compare this caballero with Lanzarote, who was known as Lancelot of
the Lake. On page 401 line 42, note the expression orden desordenada
("disordered order"; nowadays orden is masculine, and the expression
is orden desordenado). This phrase is now applied to works of art
--including this novel-- of the Baroque period. Can you see why?
The goatherd Eugenio and his story (Anselmo/Eugenio/Leandra/Vicente).
Note in these last chapters the reappearance of familiar themes [i.e., reprises],
plus one or two last aggressive actions by Don Quijote in the next chapter.
The end of Part I (the 1605 volume). Why the indefinite nature of the ending?
Can Part I be considered complete in itself?
Poems (pp. 416-419): Read, but don't worry about details.
Note the last lines of Part I (p. 419), especially the quote in Italian.
How do you interpret Part I?
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