S450 Cervantes' Don Quijote
Don Quijote II, Prólogo y Capítulos 1-10
N.B. La segunda parte fue publicada en 1615, con un título un poco
diferente: Segunda parte del ingenioso caballero Don Quijote de la
Mancha (en contraste con: El ingenioso hidalago ...)
Introductory materials: You may skip everything up through page 532, but
please read the carta dedicatoria on pp. 533-34, including note number
3 on p. 533.
Prólogo: Naturally, one of the last things written by Cervantes
in Pt. II. Avellaneda's sequel, commonly called the Falso Qujote,
had appeared in 1614, and here we see Cervantes' reaction. Why the anecdotes
involving locos? ... and dogs?
Note the telescoping of the ten years of "actual" time (the interval between
the publication of Parts I and II) into one month of "literary" time (when
Part II takes up).
Note that the first anecdote has to do with a political problem (and indirectly
with governing), followed by another anecdote involving a loco. Do
you see more social/political criticism or commentary in Part II than in
Part I? What is Cervantes criticizing/suggesting here (and on page 548)?
Cervantes' comments on the reception of Don Quijote I. What are the
complaints of the 17th century readers? Does he successfully defend himself
them? Why or why not? Does the inclusion of this material have any parallels
in Part I?
Note the introduction of a new at-home character, Sansón Carrasco;
he will play an important role in Part II. How would you best describe his
Is this capítulo apócrifo really apocryphal?
Why or why not?
What changes do we see in Don Quijote and Sancho here and in subsequent chapters
(as compared with Part I)?
Any parallels between Chapters 5 and 6?
Why would Sansón Carrasco offer to help out like this, preparing for
the third sally?
What is different about the outset of this third sally (as compared with
the two sallies in Part I)?
Contrast/compare the content of Don Quijote and Sancho's conversation in
Chapter 8 with the stumbling upon the church in Chapter 9 [con la iglesia
hemos topado; see note number 5 on page 598]. Do you feel Cervantes is
criticizing the church (here and elsewhere)?
Sancho deludes Don Quijote. Is this in character for Sancho? More changes
in the two characters and their relationship?
Pp. 606-607: compare this to the serranilla, a traditional type of
poem describing the encounter between a caballero and a pastora
(whom the caballero tries to seduce).
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